Pearson Edexcel A level Music and Music Technology: September 2023 update | Pearson qualifications

Pearson Edexcel A level Music and Music Technology: September 2023 update

5 September 2023

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

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Summer 2023 results

Results day for A level was Thursday 17 August. You will be able to find out the results for your cohorts and see the grade boundaries, examiner reports and begin any post-results process, including our free Access to Scripts service.


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 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.

There are detailed instructions on how to access the principal moderator/examiner report in a support article.

Read the principal examiner/moderator report support article

Reviews of marking and moderation (RoMM)

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 RoMM pages

Access to scripts

After the summer 2023 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:

Thursday 17 August - Friday 15 December 2023
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 2023 can be found online.

See post results fees from 1 August 2023

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.

Visit the Understanding marks pages

Preparing for 2024 assessments

Preparing for 2024 assessments

The composition briefs were released on 1 September for assessment in 2024. We will be releasing the briefs assessing technique to centres in time for them to be released to candidates from 1 April 2024. The PAS and CAS forms can be found online for use this academic year.

To help you prepare for the year ahead I am running an online session on 14 September at 4pm.

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Preparing for 2024 assessments

The technology-based composition briefs were released on 1 September for assessment in 2024. The recording briefs for assessment in 2024 were released on 1 June. 

To help you prepare for the year ahead I am running an online session on 12 September at 4pm.

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We are pleased to be running a series of free online training events for each component in our A level Music qualification this term.

Our A level 'Understanding the assessment criteria' courses for Component 1 and Component 2 guide teachers through the criteria, and through live assessment tasks help teachers understand how to support their students through NEA tasks. Our new course, Effective strategies for teaching essays on the appraising paper is specifically targeted at supporting students when it comes to writing essays in section B of the exam.  

Key dates

Date Event
28 September 2023 RoMM Service 1, RoMM Service 2 and RoMM Service 3 deadline
28 September 2023 Access To Scripts Original (ATSO) deadline
15 December 2023 Access To Scripts Copy (ATSC) deadline (this also applies to the free ATS portal - Script viewer)
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

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