Getting ready for the summer 2016 Music exam series

10 March 2016

This update contains a reminder of the processes for preparing your students' work, key deadlines and the materials you need to send to the examiner/moderator for Edexcel GCE Music, GCE Music Technology and GCSE Music.

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Final submission dates

Final dates for submission of coursework and controlled assessment

For the following qualifications, the final date for submitting your marks and samples of work for the summer 2016 series is 15 May 2016:

  • GCSE Music
  • GCE Music
  • GCE Music Technology.

By 15 May 2016, you must have submitted your coursework/controlled assessment marks to Edexcel via Edexcel online, and have sent your sample (visible on Edexcel online from mid-April) to the moderator. Your moderator’s name and address will be available on Edexcel online from mid-April.

The administrative guides for each subject gives details of how to present the work for the examiner/moderator.

Administrative support guides

Administrative support guides

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Internal standardisation

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.


Grade boundaries

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 2016, they'll be available to download from results day: 17 August 2016 for GCE and 24 August 2016 for GCSE.

Please also remember that the mark you submit to us should be the total raw mark, not the UMS mark. The UMS marks are allocated by us as a result of the awarding process.

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

Submitting marks to Edexcel

OPTEMS forms will arrive in centres in April of the examination year. You must complete the forms and they must arrive at Edexcel in pre-printed envelopes or transmitted by EDI by 15 May.

The second copy of the OPTEMS should be sent to your moderator along with the submissions.

This must be done for GCE Music unit 1 and unit 4, and for GCSE Music unit 1 and unit 2.

OPTEMS are not required for externally assessed units. 


Identifying the sample of work

Identifying the sample of work that needs to be sent to the moderator

The sample of candidates’ work required, will be indicated with asterisks next to the candidates’ names on the OPTEMS. You also need to send the work of the highest- and lowest-scoring candidates in addition to the requested sample. If any of the called-for candidates have been withdrawn or have incomplete submissions, please provide additional candidates' work of a comparable level, along with a covering note. 


Summer exams (UK centres)

When are the summer exams (UK centres)?

This information is also available on our exam timetables page. International centres should consult the international exam timetables which are available on this page.

Unit code Unit name Exam length Exam date
6MU03 GCE Music Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding 2h 00m  23 May 2016
6MU06 GCSE Music Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding 2h 00m 16 June 2016
6MT02 GCE Music Technology Unit 2: Listening And Analysing 1h 45m 26 May 2016
6MT04 GCE Music Technology Unit 4: Analysing And Producing 2h 00m 8 June 2016
5MU03 GCSE Music Unit 3: Listening And Appraising 1h 30m 10 June 2016

E9 Moderator Report

E9 Moderator Report

While moderating your centre's coursework or controlled assessment, the moderator will write an E9, moderator’s report which will give you detailed feedback on your marking and administration. You will be able to download this report on results day. Find out how to access your E9 moderator report. If you can't access your report, please ask your examinations officer for assistance. 


I hope you've found this update useful. If you have any further questions about the submission of coursework or controlled assessment, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best Wishes,

Jeffery Hole

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