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Edexcel A level Music and Music Technology: March 2017 update

Mon Mar 20 15:39:34 UTC 2017

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

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You will be receiving the hard copies of the technical study briefs towards the end of this month and these include hard copies of the other 6MU05 briefs. The technical studies can be released after 1 April but can not be opened until the task is being sat by the students under the controlled conditions detailed within the specification. Your Exams Officer will receive these and keep them securley. If you do not think they have been received by your centre please do email myself and I can follow this up for you.

AS and A level Music

For the new AS level Music specification (8MU0) component 3 we will be offering the option to have an audio download for the exam. This will be a secure download available 24 hours before the exam. As the exam is on Monday 22 May this will be available on Friday 19 May.

We have made some small amendments to some of the free support guides on the set works available online. This includes the notes on Vaughan Williams, Courtney Pine and Familia Valera Miranda.

We have also now made available some model answers for question 5 in the AS and A level exams. This question covers unfamiliar music and we have provided these to give examples of how these questions should be approached.

Withdrawal of OPTEMS

In order to help increase security, and also allow more time for centres to process and submit their centre assessed marks, from Summer 2017 we will only be allowing centres to submit those marks online; via Edexcel Online or Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).

There is more information online and we have produced a video guide and PDF document detailing how to submit marks.

See further information on submitting coursework marks electronically

Watch the video on submitting coursework marks electronically


There are Getting Ready to Teach events for the new AS and A level in Music Technology. Please book a place on these events to find out the latest information and to examine the components in greater detail.

Book a place on a Getting Ready to Teach AS and A level Music Technology (2017) event

Key Dates

Date Event
1 April 2017 6MU05 GCE Music (2008) Technical Study briefs received by centres in hard copy format only
15 May 2017 Final date for submission of coursework marks and moderation samples
22 May 2017 6MU03 GCE Music (2008) Developing Musical Understanding exam
22 May 2017 8MU0/03 GCE AS Music (2016) Appraising exam
25 May 2017 6MT02 GCE Music Technology (2008) Listening and Analysing exam
1 June 2017 Briefs released online for AS level Music Technology (2017) 8MT0/01 Component 1 Recording for assessment in summer 2018
7 June 2017 6MT04 GCE Music Technology (2008) Analysing and Producing exam
19 June 2017 6MU06 GCE Music (2008) Further Musical Understanding exam
16 August 2017 Results available to centres through Edexcel Online
17 August 2017 Results released to candidates

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