BTEC Nationals in Music and Music Technology: July 2017 update

6 July 2017

Read the latest information on BTEC Nationals in Music and Music Technology, including key dates and news.

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The standards verification process has now been completed and 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.

This summer has seen the first external assessments for the new BTEC Nationals in Music Technology. You will be able to access the question papers online from 11 July with the mark schemes being available from 25 July. The results will be issued on Wednesday 16 August 2017 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.

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

The external assessments will achieve a 'raw mark' when the work is assessed against the marking grids for that external assessment. Grade boundaries are then set for the raw marks againast the set points boundaries for Pass, Merit and Distinction issued in the specification.

Key dates

Date Event
12 August 2017 Certificates will be in centres if 5 July 2016 reporting deadline met for BTEC Nationals (2010)
16 August 2017 Results released to candidates BTEC Nationals (2016)
24 August 2017 Enquiries About Results 2 Priority (EAR2P) deadline
24 August 2017 Access To Scripts Copy (ATSC) deadline
25 August 2017 Online standardisation window opens for Lead IV accreditation on BTEC (2010) specifications
21 September 2017 EAR1, EAR2 and EAR3 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 Registration as Lead IV for BTEC Nationals (2010) specifications deadline 
30 September 2017 Register as Lead IV and confirm completion of standardisation material for BTEC Nationals (2016 & 2017) specifications deadline
20 October 2017 Online standardisation window closes for Lead IV accreditation on BTEC (2010) specifications
3 November 2017 Online standardisation for Lead IV accreditation on BTEC (2010) specifications results released

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