Music update | January 2018 | Pearson qualifications

Edexcel GCSE Music: January 2018 update

22 January 2018

Read the latest news for Edexcel GCSE Music. This will include key dates and the latest information.

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Exam entries

It is now possible to make entries for the Summer 2018 examination series. The entry code for GCSE Music is 1MU0. The deadline for making entries for the Summer series is 21 February 2018 for GCSE Music. 

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.

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. The difficulty level can only be confirmed if it is submitted with:

  • a score or professional recording
  • title
  • composer
  • 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.


There are still places available on some of the training events for GCSE Music and you can book your place online.

Book your place on a GCSE Training course

If you can't find an event to book on to it is possible to arrange centre-based training. Further details about centre-based training can be found on the website.

Find out about centre-based training

Date Event
21 February 2018 Deadline for entries in the June 2018 exam series
15 May 2018 Final date for submission of coursework marks and moderation samples
6 June 2018 1MU0/03 Appraising Exam

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