Edexcel A level Music and Music Technology: December 2020 update

Wed Dec 02 11:59:26 UTC 2020

Read the latest information on Edexcel A level Music and Music Technology, including key dates and latest news.

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A level Music

In November we submitted a proposed change to our A level Music specification. This includes reducing the number of set works from 18 to 12, an additional 10 minutes for the exam and the addition of a fourth option in question 6 of the exam. We are now awaiting feedback from Ofqual to the proposed changes. If it is approved by Ofqual the changes would take effect for summer 2021 assessment.

See the proposed change to the set works

We have also published some further exemplars and guidance to support centres in the approach to questions 5 and 6.

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New ASG, PAS and CAS forms for A level Music

We have published the new Administrative Support Guide, PAS form and CAS form to submit with student work for assessment in summer 2021. These have been updated to reflect the changes for assessments in summer 2021. Please use the new forms for submission in May.

Summer 2021 submission

Submission of NEA coursework will be via the new Digital Learner Work Transfer Portal. We have created some guidance to help you prepare the work for submission via the new portal.

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A level Music Technology

There are new editable Word versions of the logbooks available online for Component 1 and 2. Candidates can use these versions to edit on computer rather than completing the logbooks by hand. 

Access the editable logbooks

There is also a new updated Administrative Support Guide for summer 2021.

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Summer 2021 Exam Entry

Exam entries for summer 2021 assessment must be made by 21 February 2021. After this date late entry fees may be charged. Please note that your exams officer will have their own internal deadlines in order to get the information necessary to make entries.

The entry code for A level Music is 9MU0. The entry code for AS level Music Technology is 8MT0 and the entry code for A level Music Technology is 9MT0. However, there are some option codes for any students resitting the qualification who wish to carry forward marks from the previous series.

Entry code Option Entry title Components included
9MU0   Music

Component 1: Performing

Component 2: Composing

Component 3: Appraising

9MU0 AT Music

Component 1: Performing (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Composing

Component 3: Appraising

9MU0 BT Music

Component 1: Performing

Component 2: Composing (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Appraising

9MU0 CT Music

Component 1: Performing (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Composing (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Appraising

Entry code Option Entry title Components included
8MT0   Music Technology

Component 1: Recording

Component 2: Technology-based composition

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Component 4: Producing and analysing

8MT0 W Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Welsh)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Welsh)

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Welsh)

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Welsh)

8MT0 AT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Technology-based composition

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Component 4: Producing and analysing

8MT0 BT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording 

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Component 4: Producing and analysing

8MT0 CT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Component 4: Producing and analysing

8MT0 DT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Welsh) (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Welsh)

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Welsh)

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Welsh)

8MT0 ET Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Welsh)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Welsh) (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Welsh)

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Welsh)

8MT0 FT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Welsh) (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Welsh) (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Welsh)

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Welsh)

Entry code Option Entry title Components included
9MT0   Music Technology

Component 1: Recording

Component 2: Technology-based composition

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Component 4: Producing and analysing

9MT0 W Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Welsh)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Welsh)

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Welsh)

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Welsh)

9MT0 AT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Technology-based composition

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Component 4: Producing and analysing

9MT0 BT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Component 4: Producing and analysing

9MT0 CT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Component 4: Producing and analysing

9MT0 DT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Welsh) (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Welsh)

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Welsh)

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Welsh)

9MT0 ET Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Welsh)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Welsh) (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Welsh)

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Welsh)

9MT0 FT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Welsh) (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Welsh) (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Welsh)

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Welsh)

Autumn Series

The exam paper from the autumn series were released on 24 November with the mark schemes released on 1 December. This will be padlocked so that centres are able to use this as a mock exam. We will also keep the 2019 exam materials under padlock until 1 April 2021 so this can be used for mocks.

Key Dates

Date Event
21 February 2021 Deadline for entries in the June 2020 exam series
15 May 2021 Final date for submission of coursework
9 June 2021 8MT0/03 AS level Music Technology (2017): Listening and analysing exam
9 June 2021 9MT0/03 A level Music Technology (2017): Listening and analysing exam
14 June 2021 9MU0/03 A level Music (2016): Appraising exam
16 June 2021 8MT0/04 AS level Music Technology (2017): Producing and analysing exam
16 June 2021 9MT0/04 A level Music Technology (2017): Producing and analysing exam

Subject advisor

Jeffery Hole

Music and Music Technology
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