Edexcel A level Music and Music Technology: December 2019 update

13 December 2019

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 Technology

There has been a small change in the requirements for information submitted with the log books for both Recording and Technology-based Composition components. Diagrams will no longer be acceptable and students must submit photographs of their set up of microphones for Recording. For Technology-based Composition there is now a section to complete to credit parts performed by other musicians.

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 2020. Please use the new forms to record marks and comments for submission with your centre sample in May. If you have already recorded work and have used the previous forms from last year, please don't feel you need to copy this across to the new forms. The ASG includes important information about each component for the 2020 exam series, so please do read this to ensure you have this information.

Exam entries

Exam entries for summer 2020 assessment must be made by 21 February 2020. 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 AS level Music is 8MU0 and 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
8MU0   Music

Component 1: Performing

Component 2: Composing

Component 3: Appraising

8MU0 AT Music

Component 1: Performing (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Composing

Component 3: Appraising

8MU0 BT Music

Component 1: Performing

Component 2: Composing (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Appraising

8MU0 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
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)

Access to scripts

The free access to scripts service will close on Friday 13 December. If you want to download and save any scripts from your students summer 2019 exams then you will need to do this by Friday 13 December.

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.

On Wenlock Edge

Three of the songs from Ralph Vaughan Williams’s 'On Wenlock Edge' are set works for our music A level students. The English Tenor, Daniel Norman, has produced an animated shadow play film with the same title directed by Jeremy Hamway Bidgood, which has been screening during live performances with the Brodsky Quartet and Sholto Kynoch. This film is now also a cinematic release. The episodes of the film which illustrate the three A level songs are about to made freely available on YouTube as a resource for our students. Dan and Jeremy's previous YouTube collaboration, 'Erlkönig', has been used by music and German teachers all over the world, and from the comments on the film is clearly popular with students as they have come back to it after being shown it at school. It has had over 5 million views.

The first film, of the title song 'On Wenlock Edge', is now available and can be seen on YouTube. 

Watch On Wenlock Edge (The Film) - Part 1

There is a short trailer showing clips of the film, the live performances and audience reactions on YouTube. 

Watch On Wenlock Edge, a film with live soundtrack

More details and links to the films as they are released can be found online or via Instagram and Twitter, @onwenlockedge. The performers and director also offer a schools’ seminar and performance package. For more details of this, or if you would like to screen the complete film at your school, do get in touch using the contact form on their website - www.onwenlockedge.com/

Key dates

Date Event
13 December 2019 Access To Scripts Copy (ATSC) deadline
21 February 2020 Deadline for entries in the June 2020 exam series
March 2020 9MU0/02 A level Music (2016) Briefs Assessing Techniques received by centres in hard copy format only
1 April 2020 9MU0/02 A level Music (2016) Briefs Assessing Techniques can be released to students to be completed in a maximum of 6 hours
15 May 2020 Final date for submission of coursework
15 May 2020 8MT0/03 AS level Music Technology (2017): Listening and analysing exam
18 May 2020 8MU0/03 AS level Music (2016): Appraising exam
19 May 2020 8MT0/04 AS level Music Technology (2017): Producing and analysing exam
22 May 2020 9MT0/03 A level Music Technology (2017): Listening and analysing exam
3 June 2020 9MT0/04 A level Music Technology (2017): Producing and analysing exam
12 June 2020 9MU0/03 A level Music (2016): Appraising exam

Subject advisor

Jeffery Hole

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