Edexcel A level Music and Music Technology: January 2018 update

22 January 2018

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

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Exam entries

It is now possible to make entries for the Summer 2018 examination series. The deadline for making entries for the Summer series is 21 February 2018 for A level Music and A level Music Technology. 

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.

AS level Music (2016)

Entry code Entry title Components included
8MU0 Music

Component 1: Performing

Component 2: Composing

Component 3: Appraising

A level Music (2016)

Entry code Entry title Components included
9MU0 Music

Component 1: Performing

Component 2: Composing

Component 3: Appraising

A level Music (2008)

Final resit opportunity only.

Unit code Unit title
6MU01 Unit 1: Performing Music
6MU02 Unit 2: Composing
6MU03 Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding
6MU04 Unit 4: Extended Musical Performance
6MU05 Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study
6MU06 Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding
8MU01 Music Advanced Subsidiary cash-in code
9MU01 Music Advanced cash-in code

AS level Music Technology (2017)

Entry code Language code 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)

AS/A level Music Technology (2008)

Unit code Language option Unit title
6MT01   Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio 1
6MT01 W Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio 1 Welsh language option
6MT02   Unit 2: Listening and Analysing
6MT02 W Unit 2: Listening and Analysing Welsh language option
6MT03   Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2
6MT03 W Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2 Welsh language option
6MT04   Unit 4: Analysing and Producing
6MT04 W Unit 4: Analysing and Producing Welsh language option
8MT01   Music Technology Advanced Subsidiary cash-in code
9MT01   Music Technology Advanced cash-in code

Difficulty level confirmation service

Since opening the service to confirm difficulty levels of performance pieces for GCSE and A level Music we have had a terrific response from centres to use the service. This has seen over 500 extra pieces having their difficulty level confirmed and made available online.

We hope the service has helped you to understand the new requirements of the specification to determine difficulty levels and provided you with a significant number of pieces where the difficulty level has been confirmed by Pearson. After 12 February 2018 we won’t be accepting any further requests for difficulty levels as, along with the Difficulty Level Booklet and the additional pieces, we have provided descriptors to show standard level performances across a range of instruments and these resources should allow you to make informed decisions on the difficulty level of pieces for your candidates.

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If you would like the difficulty level of a piece confirmed, you will need to send it by 12 February 2018 to teachingmusic@pearson.com. The difficulty level can only be confirmed if it is submitted with a score or professional recording, title, composer and your centre details.

We are looking at providing a new service later in the year for checking difficulty levels of pieces, and will let you know as soon as we have more news.

Training

There are still places available for training events for mocks marking for the appraising component of the new specification.

Book a place on Music training events

Date Event
21 February 2018 Deadline for entries in the June 2017 exam series
1 April 2018 9MU0/02 A level Music (2016) Briefs Assessing Techniques received by centres in hard copy format only
1 April 2018 6MU05 A level Music (2008) Technical Study briefs received by centres in hard copy format only for resit purposes only
15 May 2018 Final date for submission of coursework, marks and moderation samples
22 May 2018 8MU0/03 AS level Music (2016): Appraising exam
22 May 2018 6MU03 AS level Music (2008): Developing Musical Understanding exam
24 May 2018 8MT0/03 AS level Music Technology (2017): Listening and analysing exam
24 May 2018 6MT02 AS level Music Technology (2008): Listening and Analysing exam
1 June 2018 8MT0/01 and 9MT0/01 AS and A level Music Technology (2017) Recording briefs released online for assessment in summer 2019
6 June 2018 8MT0/04 AS level Music Technology (2017): Producing and analysing exam
6 June 2018 6MT04 A level Music Technology (2008): Analysing and Producing exam
18 June 2018 9MU0/03 A level Music (2016): Appraising exam
Jeffery HoleMusic and Music Technology
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