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

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

17 September 2019

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

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Summer 2019 results

For the external assessments from the summer series the results were issued on Wednesday 21 August 2019 and could have been released to candidates on this day. The Principal Examiner's report for each externally assessed unit was also be published online on results day.

You can find the results for externally assessed units for your cohorts via Edexcel Online.

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Reviews of marking and moderation (RoMM)

If you're a centre with a concern about a student's results, you can use our post-results services. We have details about these services and their cost online.

Visit the RoMM pages

Access to scripts

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 - Friday 13 December 2019

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

These scripts will also be free of charge, but the final dates to request them are the same as the published JCQ Access to Scripts deadlines.

Visit the Access to scripts pages

Post results fees

Details of all updated fees for our post results services  from 1 August 2019 can be found online.

See post results fees from 1 August 2019

Understanding marks

Get an overview of how we mark assessments and consistently award grades that fairly reflect a learner's performance. This includes setting grade boundaries and converting raw marks to UMS.

Visit the Understanding marks pages

Grade boundaries

The grade boundaries for the May 2019 exam series externally assessed units are available on Results Day on the website. Please note that the raw mark grade boundaries change from series to series.

Visit the Grade boundaries page

Grade statistics

The grade statistics for the 2018-2019 academic year are published in late October on the website. These statistics can be used for benchmarking purposes. Please note that in line with all qualifications, learner achievement is reported at qualification level and not at unit level.

Visit the Grade statistics page

Preparing for 2019/20

In order to make sure you have everything in place for the coming academic year I have included the latest guides, pro formas and key dates.


To help with your planning, assessment and quality assurance processes we have produced pro formas and guides for all key aspects.

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Key dates

Date Event
19 September 2019 RoMM Service 1, RoMM Service 2 and RoMM Service 3 deadline
26 September 2019 Access To Scripts Original (ATSO) deadline
21 October 2019 Entry deadline for January assessment window
13 December 2019 Access To Scripts Copy (ATSC) deadline
9 January 2020 Music - Unit 1: The Music Industry January assessment
14 January 2020 Music - Unit 8: Music and Production Analysis January assessment
27 January 2020 Music Practice - Component 3: Responding to a Commercial Music Brief release date
27 January - 11 May 2020 Music Practice - Component 3: Responding to a Commercial Music Brief assessment window
18 March 2020 Release of results to centres and learners for January assessments
25 March 2020 Entry deadline for summer assessment window
2 April 2020 RoMM Service 1, RoMM Service 2 and RoMM Service 3 deadline for January assessments
11 May 2020 Music - Unit 1: The Music Industry summer assessment
13 May 2020 Submission deadline for Music Practice - Component 3: Responding to a Commercial Music Brief
30 May 2020 Deadline for first sampling
3 June 2020 Music - Unit 8: Music and Production Analysis summer assessment
30 June 2020 Deadline for any further sampling
5 July 2020 Deadline for reporting results in order to receive certificates for August results day

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