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BTEC Firsts in Music and BTEC Tech Award in Music Pre-16 learners: September 2017 update

20 September 2017

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

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BTEC Tech Award in Music

Our new BTEC Tech Awards are designed to be taught alongside GCSEs, giving your students a glimpse into a professional sector whilst teaching them transferable skills for life.

We are currently developing the new BTEC Tech Award in Music and it is intended to be for first teaching in September 2018. It will be submitted for consideration on performance measures in England for 2020. Please keep an eye on the website and my updates as the specification will be available online soon.

Get involved in developing Pearson’s new resource for BTEC Tech Award Music

Pearson are developing a new resource to help you deliver your BTEC Tech Award Music course.

We are carrying out some initial research and would really appreciate your input.

What’s involved?

We are looking for people to talk to about the development of a new resource to support the delivery of this qualification.

What do I need to do to?

If you are interested in getting involved in developing this resource or possibly writing for it, please get in touch with Stevie Allan ( We’ll be happy to discuss this further and to give you more information.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

BTEC Firsts in Music

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 2017 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:

  • Summer 2017 - Thursday 28 September

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 2017 can be found online.

See 'Post results fees' from 1 August 2017

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

Preparing for 2017/18

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.

BTEC guides, assessment forms and verification forms

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If you’re looking for an easier way to manage your BTEC delivery, myBTEC could be it. MyBTEC allows you to control all your BTEC provision from one place, it is built by Pearson, for BTEC, gives access for the full team, it will save you time and is easy to use and fully supported.

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We have some Introducing training events available to book now for the new BTEC Tech Award in Music. To get a first look at the specification and components please book your place.

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Key Dates

Date Event
21 September 2017 EAR1 and EAR2 deadline
21 September 2017 Access To Scripts Post Review of Marking (ATSPE) deadline
28 September 2017 Access To Scripts Original (ATSO) deadline
30 September 2017 Register as Lead IV and confirm completion of standardisation material deadline
20 October 2017 Entry deadline for January assessment window
1 November 2017 Deadline for registrations for 2017–18 academic year programmes
10 January 2018 Music - Unit 1: The Music Industry January assessment
16 January 2018 Music - Unit 8: Music and Production Analysis January assessment
7 March 2018 Release of results to centres and learners for January assessments
15 March 2018 Access To Scripts Copy (ATSC) deadline
21 March 2018 Entry deadline for summer assessment window
5 April 2018 EAR1 and EAR2 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

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