Edexcel GCSE Music: September 2017 update

Wed Sep 20 10:39:00 UTC 2017

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

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GCSE Music (2012)

Your students' results were released to centres on 23 August 2017.

The question paper, mark scheme and Principal Examiner's report for this summer's 5MU03 exam 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 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

GCSE Music (2016)

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

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.


We have reviewed all the free support guides for the set works and the latest versions are now available to download from the website.

Please find the composition briefs, authentication forms, difficulty levels booklet and Administrative Support Guide needed for the GCSE Music (2016) for submission in the summer 2018 exam series.

Difficulty levels

If you are unsure of the difficulty level of any pieces and they are not included in the difficulty level booklet it is possible to email either a score or professional recording and the Principal Moderator will determine the level of difficulty.

Email your queries for difficulty levels to ate@pearson.com


We now have dates available for training events for mocks marking training for the appraising component of the new specification and coursework marking training for performing and composing. 

Book a place on a training event

Key dates

Date Event
1 September 2017 Briefs for 1MU0/02 released online for assessment in summer 2018
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 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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