BTEC Firsts in Music: September 2016 update | Pearson qualifications

BTEC Firsts in Music: September 2016 update

5 September 2016

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

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If you are a Lead Internal Verifier you will need to remember to go through the standardisation materials available through OSCA. Once the registration for OSCA has lapsed on 1 August, Lead Internal Verifiers must re-register by 30 September to ensure their registration remains active.

The question papers, mark schemes and examiner reports for this summer's external assessments are now available to download from the website. Results were issued to centres on 24 August and you can also see your centre's results on Edexcel Online.

You can view the grade boundaries for the summer exams for units 1 and 8 on the website under 'Support'.

You can also use our Grade Calculator to work out overall grade for NQF BTEC qualifications.

See our BTEC Grade Calculator

Enquiries about results (EAR) and understanding marks for summer 2016

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 Post-results services pages

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


To cut down on the amount of paperwork to be completed we have simplified and updated several assessment and internal verification forms that are to be used from September 2016.

BTEC assessment and verification forms from September 2016

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We have decided to extend the resubmission rule to 15 days from the current 10 days.

The new 15 day resubmission rule will apply to all our BTEC Levels 1-3 qualifications and will come into force from 1st September 2016. This rule will also apply to all learners on the programme whether they have registered before or after the 1st September date.


There will be training events during this autumn term for the BTEC Firsts in Music focussing on the delivery of specific units. To find a course relevant to the units you are delivering please visit the Training from Pearson pages.

Find and book a training event for BTEC Firsts in Music

Key Dates

Date Event
2 September 2016 Access to Scripts Photocopy (ATSC) deadline
20 September 2016 Enquiry About Results (EAR) and Access to Scripts Post Review (ATSPE) deadline
30 September 2016 Deadline for registering/re-registering as Lead Internal Verifier
4 October 2016 Access to Scripts Original (ATSO) deadline
21 October 2016 Deadline for entries in the January 2017 exam series
31 October 2016 Certificates received by centres no later than
1 November 2016 Registration deadline for academic year programmes 2016/17
17 January 2017 21512E Unit 1: The Music Industry Exam
20 January 2017 20375F Unit 8: Music and Production Analysis Exam
31 January 2017 Deadline for deletion of learners enrolled in September/October 2016
21 March 2017 Deadline for entries in the May/June 2017 exam series
15 May 2017 21512E Unit 1: The Music Industry Exam
22 May 2017 20375F Unit 8: Music and Production Analysis Exam
30 May 2017 Deadline for first sampling
30 June 2017 Deadline for any further sampling

I hope you have all had a restful break over the summer and hope you have found this information useful to aid your delivery over the next year.


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