BTEC Firsts in Music and BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice: June 2018 update

15 June 2018

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

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2020 performance measures

The BTEC First Award in Music has been included on 2020 performance measures. This means you can confidently plan to deliver this course from September 2018 and certificate learners in summer 2020 with it being included on schools headline measures.

The BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice wasn't included in the latest update from DfE and we have made some changes to the specification and resubmitted this to DfE. We expect the next update from DfE in July/August and I will update you with any news related to this as soon as possible.

Summer 2018 results

The standards verification process has now completed the first sampling and any further samples needed will be completed within the next few weeks. You should have received notification from your SV about the result of the sampling process. You can access the SV report via Edexcel Online. We have produced a short video showing how to access your SV report.

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For the external assessments from the summer series the results will be issued on Wednesday 22 August 2018 and they can be released to candidates on this day. The Principal Examiner's report for each externally assessed unit will 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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Enquiries about results (EAR)

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 Enquiries about results pages

Access to scripts

After the summer 2018 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 22 August - Friday 14 December

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 2018 can be found online.

See Post results fees from 1 August 2018

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 2018 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 2017-2018 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


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 June 2018 Deadline for any further sampling
5 July 2018 Deadline for reporting results in order to receive certificates for August results day
22 August 2018 Results released to centres and learners
20 September 2018 EAR1, EAR2 and EAR3 deadline
20 September 2018 Access To Scripts Post Review of Marking (ATSPE) deadline
27 September 2018 Access To Scripts Original (ATSO) deadline
14 December 2018 Access To Scripts Copy (ATSC) deadline

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