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

16 March 2018

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

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BTEC Firsts in Music

Results for the January 2018 external assessments were available on 14 March 2018.

Entries for the summer external assessments must be made by 28 March 2018, otherwise there will be a high late entry fee.

We have issued some guidance for centres for Unit 8 - Music and Production Analysis. This details how centres can transfer the audio from the CD to a digital file and managing the security and copyright issues when doing this.

Read the update for transferring audio for Unit 8 - Music and Production Analysis

BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice

I am pleased to announce the specification and sample assessment materials for the new BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice are available online.

These are draft documents and the specification is intended for first teaching from September 2018.

However, DfE will still need to confirm the inclusion of the qualification on performance measures in England for 2020. 

During the DfE approval process, we may be asked to make changes to any aspect of the qualification including content, assessments or first teaching and assessment dates. 

Key Dates

Date Event
14 March 2018 Release of results to centres and learners for January assessments
28 March 2018 Entry deadline for summer assessment window
11 April 2018 EAR1 and EAR2 deadline for January assessments
11 April 2018 Access to scripts - post review of marking deadline for January assessments
18 April 2018 Access to scripts - original deadline for January assessments
14 May 2018 Music - Unit 1: The Music Industry summer assessment
21 May 2018 Music - Unit 8: Music and Production Analysis summer assessment
30 May 2018 Deadline for first sampling
6 June 2018 Access to scripts - copy deadline for January assessments
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
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