Edexcel A level Music and Music Technology: September 2017 update

Wed Sep 20 10:41:00 UTC 2017

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

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We are looking for centres to help us provide exemplar material for the new specification of Music Technology and Music.

If your centre is running either the new AS or A level course from September and you are running projects using the sample assessment material, especially for A level component 2, we would like to hear from you if you could provide some student work that could be used as exemplar material.

For Music we would like exemplars of compositions based on the briefs assessing technique from the SAMs. If you have any student work for these briefs it would be very much appreciated. If you are interested please email teachingmusic@pearson.com

Summer 2017 results

Your students' results were released to centres on 17 August 2017.

The question paper, mark scheme and Principal Examiner's report for this summer's 6MU02, 6MU03, 6MU05 and 6MU06 Music exams and 6MT01, 6MT02, 6MT03 and 6MT04 Music Technology exams are now available to download from the website.

The grade boundaries for each unit were released on results day and they can be found on the website under 'Support'.

You can also use our mark converter to convert between UMS and raw marks for each unit.

See our UMS mark converter

Moderator reports, enquiries about results (EAR), access to scripts (ATS) and understanding marks for summer 2017

From results day you have been able to download centre-specific moderator feedback for all your coursework and controlled assessment units. To find out how to do this please read the guidance below.

Moderator Report (E9)

Your moderator writes a report to explain where it was necessary to adjust your centre’s marks. Where possible, your moderator advises you on how you could make improvements for future series.

You can find these on Edexcel Online. Please speak to your examinations officer if you don't have access to Edexcel Online.

Watch our short video on how to find your Moderator Report.

ResultsPlus

ResultsPlus is a free online results analysis tool for teachers that gives you a detailed breakdown of your students’ performance in Edexcel exams. It provides the most detailed analysis available of your students’ performance and helps you to identify topics and skills where your students could benefit from further learning, helping them gain a deeper understanding of their subject. 

Access ResultsPlus

Principal Moderator/Examiner Report

The Principal Moderator or Examiner also compiles a report on how candidates performed in this year’s examinations. It provides general feedback and highlights good approaches that can be taken forward to future examination series.

You can find these reports on ResultsPlus. Please speak to your examinations officer if you don't have access to ResultsPlus.

Watch our short video on how to find the Principal Moderator/Examiner Report.

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 2017

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

Estimated entries for summer 2018

You will be able to submit your summer 2018 estimated entries on Edexcel Online from 1 September until 10 October.

Need help? View making estimated entries on Edexcel Online video.

Preparing for 2018 assessments

To help you prepare for the academic year ahead I have included all the key documents and dates for each qualification with assessments in summer 2018.

This academic year will see the first assessment for the new A level Music specification. To help you prepare for assessment for all components I have included all key documents, dates and information.

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This academic year there will be the first assessment for the new AS level Music Technology specification. I have included all the key documents you will need for the coming year.

This is the final year of assessments for the legacy specification for A level Music Technology. Each unit is available to sit in summer 2018 and the key documents are included.

All units for the legacy specification for A level Music are available for assessment in summer 2018 as resits only. Candidates entered for these must have previously been entered for the units in a prior exam year.

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Training

We now have dates available for training events for mocks marking training for the appraising component of the new specification and online feedback for each of the components in the new AS level Music specification. There are also some Getting Ready to Teach events for A level Music Technology this month that have places available.

Book a place on Music training events

Book a place on Music Technology training events

Key Dates

Date Event
1 September 2017 8MU0/02 and 9MU0/02 AS and A level Music (2016) composition briefs released online
1 September 2017 8MT0/02 (2017) Technology-based composition brief released online
1 September 2017 6MT01 and 6MT03 AS and A level Music Technology (2008) briefs and stimulus material released online
1 September 2017 6MU01 and 6MU05 AS and A level Music (2008) composition briefs released online for resit purposes only
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
7 November 2017 Certificates should arrive in centres
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
18 June 2018 6MU06 A level Music (2008): Further Musical Understanding exam
Jeffery HoleMusic and Music Technology
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