Edexcel A level Music and Music Technology: April 2021 update

Thu Apr 29 13:01:48 UTC 2021

Read the latest news for Edexcel A level Music and A level Music Technology. This will include the latest information for summer 2021.

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Summer 2021

There has been more information, guidance and resources released over the past month to help support you with providing the Teacher Assessed Grades for summer 2021. This includes grade descriptors, grade exemplification and the Additional Assessment Materials.

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We have also published an updated, detailed key dates document to help you plan everything you need to provide the Teacher Assessed Grades this summer.

See the key dates

There will be further support, guidance and training available through Pearson Professional Development Academy. You can access the site and register for updates online.

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There are regular bulletins sent to centres giving the most up to date information for summer 2021. You can sign up to receive these and access any previous bulletins.

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A level Music specification

We reached out to hundreds of A level Music teachers and asked them to share their views on our qualification via our surveys, in addition to a wide number of interviews, and research with stakeholders representing Higher Education, music education, and the wider music industry.

Thank you to all of you who took part.

To address the feedback we received, we’re pleased to share our following next steps in ensuring that we provide the best support for you and your students.

1. Returning Courtney Pine

We announced in Autumn 2020 that we were reviewing the volume of work in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and that to do this, we initially reduced the number of set works in our specification. This included the removal of British Jazz artist, Courtney Pine. We recognise that this was the wrong decision to make.

This means there are 3 set works in the Popular Music and Jazz area of study (AoS). It also returns the genre of Jazz to the AoS (currently just called Popular music).

2. No further changes to the set works

We know from our conversations with teachers that more changes to the qualification, specifically to the set works in the short-term, will be challenging to manage.

We are not intending to make further changes for 2022. We’ll work with the DfE, Ofqual and other stakeholders on the arrangements for 2022, and share any further updates and information as it becomes available.

3. New support for wider listening and set works

We’re pleased to announce that the following new support will be available this year:

  • New Teacher Course Planner: demonstrating how to deliver our A Level Music qualification with time to teach all components, and recommendations for the broader study of music.
  •  Free online support events:
    • On Demand training focused on Wider Listening available from the 19 April 
    • On Demand training events focused on Component 3 Question 5 (19 May) and Component 3 Question 6 (19 June), to help all teachers prepare for assessment in 2022 and beyond.

Access the On Demand training

We're fully committed to continually reviewing the support we provide, and ensuring pupils are supported to study music by composers from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

We know there is plenty still to do here, and are committed to listening, learning and working with teachers, learners and the wider music community to get things right.

Join the conversation

To join the conversation and share your feedback and suggestions, please get in touch or complete our short online form.

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A-level Music feedback form

Subject advisor

Jeffery Hole

Music and Music Technology
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