Pearson Edexcel A level Music and Music Technology: February 2024 update

29 January 2024

Read the latest information on Edexcel A level Music and Music Technology, including key dates and latest news.

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PAS, CAS and Administrative Support Guide

You can now find the latest versions of the PAS and CAS forms online. Following on from your feedback, the PAS form now includes space for you to include the difficulty level and source for each piece performed. Please ensure that you use these versions of the forms with submissions by 15 May 2024.

There is also a new version of the Administrative Support Guide. This details how to run and manage assessments this year.

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Exam entries for May/June 2024

Exam entries for May/June 2024 assessment must be made by 21 February 2024. 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.

The entry code for A level Music is 9MU0. The entry code for AS level Music Technology is 8MT0 and the entry code for A level Music Technology is 9MT0. However, there are some option codes for any students resitting the qualification who wish to carry forward marks from the previous series.

Entry code Option Entry title Components included
9MU0   Music

Component 1: Performing

Component 2: Composing

Component 3: Appraising

9MU0 AT Music

Component 1: Performing (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Composing

Component 3: Appraising

9MU0 BT Music

Component 1: Performing

Component 2: Composing (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Appraising

9MU0 CT Music

Component 1: Performing (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Composing (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Appraising

Entry code Option Entry title Components included
9MT0   Music Technology

Component 1: Recording

Component 2: Technology-based composition

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Component 4: Producing and analysing

9MT0 W Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Welsh)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Welsh)

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Welsh)

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Welsh)

9MT0 AT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Technology-based composition

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Component 4: Producing and analysing

9MT0 BT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Component 4: Producing and analysing

9MT0 CT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Component 4: Producing and analysing

9MT0 DT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Welsh) (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Welsh)

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Welsh)

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Welsh)

9MT0 ET Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Welsh)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Welsh) (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Welsh)

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Welsh)

9MT0 FT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Welsh) (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Welsh) (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Welsh)

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Welsh)

Entry code Option Entry title Components included
8MT0   Music Technology

Component 1: Recording

Component 2: Technology-based composition

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Component 4: Producing and analysing

8MT0 W Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Welsh)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Welsh)

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Welsh)

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Welsh)

8MT0 AT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Technology-based composition

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Component 4: Producing and analysing

8MT0 BT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording 

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Component 4: Producing and analysing

8MT0 CT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Component 4: Producing and analysing

8MT0 DT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Welsh) (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Welsh)

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Welsh)

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Welsh)

8MT0 ET Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Welsh)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Welsh) (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Welsh)

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Welsh)

8MT0 FT Music Technology

Component 1: Recording (Welsh) (Transferred from previous series)

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Welsh) (Transferred from previous series)

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Welsh)

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Welsh)

Difficulty level booklet

As part of our ongoing work to support centres delivering Pearson Edexcel Music qualifications, we are updating the Pearson Edexcel GCSE and A level Music Difficulty Levels Booklet (DLB). The updated document will be uploaded to the website shortly after 15 May, 2024 and will be used for assessments from the 2025 summer examination series onwards. The current DLB, available on our website, will be used for assessment in the 2024 summer examination series. 

The updated DLB will mostly include additional pieces from recently published practical performance syllabi across a range of music exam boards. The difficulty level of a small number of pieces in the current DLB will change in this update, with some going up in difficulty level and some coming down. We advise centres to check the difficulty level of all performance repertoire carefully when preparing students for 1MU0/01 and 9MU0/01 assessments in 2025 and onwards, even in cases where centres have submitted performances of the same piece year on year. 

By uploading the updated version of the DLB after the 2024 coursework deadline, we hope this will give centres the longest possible time to prepare students for the following examination series. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Support

To support you with submitting NEA work by 15 May, I am running support sessions to go through the process. Sessions will run at 4pm - 5pm.  A level Music is on Tuesday 26 March and A level Music Technology is on Wednesday 27 March.

Register for the A level Music LWT support session

Register for the A level Music Technology LWT support session

We have published new exemplars for Questions 5 and 6 for A level Music. These are level 5 responses to support learners with responding in the exam.

Access the new A level Music essay exemplars

Key dates

Date Event
21 February 2024 Deadline for entries in the June 2024 exam series
15 May 2024 Final date for submission of coursework marks and moderation samples
10 June 2024 Component 3: Appraising exam
Date Event
21 February 2024 Deadline for entries in the June 2024 exam series
15 May 2024 Final date for submission of coursework marks and moderation samples
23 May 2024 Component 3: Listening and analysing exam
5 June 2024 Component 4: Producing and analysing exam
Date Event
21 February 2024 Deadline for entries in the June 2024 exam series
15 May 2024 Final date for submission of coursework marks and moderation samples
15 May 2024 Component 3: Listening and analysing exam
23 May 2024 Component 4: Producing and analysing exam
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