BTEC Firsts in Music and BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice: May 2019 update | Pearson qualifications

BTEC Firsts in Music and BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice: May 2019 update

16 May 2019

Read the latest information on BTEC Firsts in Music and BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice, including key dates, latest news and training.

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We recently launched the Pearson Support Portal. This is the new way to contact us if you have any questions about any of our products or services. 

To use the new Portal you will need to log in using your Edexcel online log in details, after which you will be able to contact us directly and:

  • Open a support case and submit queries directly to us
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  • Securely track progress and view all your cases and related correspondence 

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As part of the portal there are new, public subject communities, where you can ask questions, share ideas, network and read frequently asked questions. Although you will be able to see all posts without logging in, you will need to log in with your Edexcel online details to post a comment. 

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BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice

We are continuing to make more resources available for you to help deliver the new specification. Available online now are OSCA materials and Sample Marked Learner Work. This covers component 1 and 2. There is also an additional Sample Assessment for component 3.

BTEC First Award in Music

We are now in May and the deadline for completing first dampling is approaching rapidly. This must be completed by 30 May and I ask you to work with your SV to make sure they have all necessary documents in time so they can complete the sampling and reporting by deadline. Any further sampling must be cmopleted by 30 June and again I ask you to work with your SV to meet this deadline.

The exams are also upon us and I wish every learner the best of luck in their exams in this series. Results will be released on 21 August 2019. 

Post results services

After the summer 2019 results are published in August, centres will be able to view and download scripts which have been marked online free of charge from our self-service portal via Edexcel Online.

The self-service portal will be available until the final post-results deadline for each exam series:

  • Wednesday 21 August 2019 - Friday 13 December 2019

Customers should save and/or print any scripts they need for teaching and learning purposes before the deadline.

Scripts do not have examiner annotation on them. The marked script allows teachers to evaluate how the student performed on particular questions in relation to what they have been taught; the Principal Examiner's Report and the exemplars that we make available demonstrate how the mark scheme is applied.

If scripts have been marked "traditionally" (i.e. not online), centres will have to request them via the Post Results section of Edexcel Online as in previous exam series.


There are currently places available to book the free courses for the new BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice.

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Key dates

Date Event
30 May 2019 Deadline for first sampling
5 June 2019 Music - Unit 8: Music and Production Analysis summer assessment
30 June 2019 Deadline for any further sampling
4 July 2019 Deadline for reporting results in order to receive certificates for August results day
21 August 2019 Results released to centres and learners
19 September 2019 RoMM Service 1 and RoMM Service 2 deadline
19 September 2019 Access To Scripts Post Review of Marking (ATSPE) deadline
26 September 2019 Access To Scripts Original (ATSO) deadline
13 December 2019 Access To Scripts Copy (ATSC) deadline

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