Edexcel GCSE Music: March 2022 update

9 March 2022

Read the latest news for Edexcel GCSE Music. This will include the latest information for assessment in summer 2022.

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NEA submission

Submission of the NEA components must be made by 15 May 2022. This will be via the Learner Work Transfer portal. You will need to digitally upload files for your sample.

The administrative support guide gives details of how to present the work for the moderator.

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You will either need to complete a PAS and CAS form for each candidate or complete the PAS and CAS Excel file to include all candidates. If you have used the Excel version then you will need to complete and submit the additional PAS or CAS declaration sheet.

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Do I need to carry out internal standardisation?

In large centres with multiple teachers, it's essential that you carry out internal moderation before you finalise the coursework or controlled assessment marks. You should sample double-mark, selecting mark points within the same band from different teaching sets. The double marking should continue until you are satisfied that you have achieved comparability.

Small schools with only one teacher need not carry out internal standardisation. It is helpful to include a covering note with your sample explaining that you are in this situation.

What are the grade boundaries?

You should not attempt to grade the work; you should be marking the work by applying the marking criteria in a consistent manner.

The controlled assessment and coursework grades will be awarded at the end of each examination series using the standard code of practice awarding process.

Grade boundaries, which are subject to change each exam series, are published on the website on the grade boundaries page. For summer 2022, they'll be available to download from results day: 25 August 2022 for GCSE.

To receive a result for a linear qualification, all of the marks achieved from different components are added together and the candidate receives a grade for the qualification. There is no need for a uniform mark scale - a single grade is issued to each candidate.

A score of zero should only be used if a candidate has submitted work that is found to meet none of the assessment criteria. An X should be used for any candidate who is absent.

Submitting marks to Edexcel

All marks must be submitted online via Edexcel Online.

For performing you should submit the scaled mark out of 30 and for composing you should submit the raw mark out of 30. Please do not try to double the mark or convert it into a percentage, grade or UMS mark.

Important: You may need to amend your Edexcel Online access to allow you to submit controlled assessment marks online. To do this your exams officer will need to go into your Edexcel Online account and under ‘profiles’ tick the box next to ‘Coursework and Portfolio’. If they also tick the ‘Results’ box you will be able to view your E9 moderator report on results day.

What happens if I make an error when submitting controlled assessment marks?

If you have already submitted a mark but it needs to be amended (eg because of an administrative error), please email courseworkmarks@pearson.com with details of the student and amended point score.

When will I be able to access Edexcel Online to submit marks and see the requested sample?

You should be able to start submitting marks now but you won’t be able to view the requested sample until the beginning of April 2022.

How do I identify the sample of work that needs to be sent to the moderator?

When you log in to Edexcel Online and go to the controlled assessment mark submission screen there will be a tick next to the candidates' names that need to be sent for moderation. You also need to send the work of the highest- and lowest-scoring candidates if they are not part of the requested sample.

If, for some reason, you're unable to send the work for a particular student, you should send the work of an equivalent student with a similar mark.

How do I submit the sample?

How to present the material is detailed in the Administrative Support Guide. You will need to upload all material through the Learner Work Transfer (LWT) portal. There are guides on how to use the LWT system.

E9 Moderator Report

While moderating your centre's controlled assessment, the moderator will write an E9 report which will give you detailed feedback on your marking and administration. You will be able to download this report on results day.

I will provide further guidance on how to access your centre's E9 Moderator Report in my results day update.

Support sessions and Q and As

Over the next couple of months I have some support sessions for submitting NEA and also some drop-in Q and A sessions. You can find details of these ssessions and book a place via the link.

Book a place on a support session or Q and A session

Advance Information

The advance information for GCSE Music was published on 7 February. This detailed the set works that will appear on the exam paper in summer 2022, the clef of the dictation question and the area of study for the unfamiliar music.

Advance information is intended to help revision leading up to the exams and shouldn't narrow the teaching content of the specification. 

Access the advance information for GCSE Music

Key dates

Date Event
15 May 2022 Final date for submission of coursework marks and moderation samples
22 June 2022 1MU0/03 Appraising Exam
24 August 2022 Results available to centres
25 August 2022 Results released to candidates

Subject advisor

Paul Blake

Music and Music Technology
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