Pearson Edexcel GCSE Music: December 2023 update

1 December 2023

Read the latest information on Edexcel GCSE Music, including key dates and latest news.

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Access to scripts

Centres are able to view and download scripts that 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 24 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

PAS, CAS and Administrative Support Guide

You can now find the latest versions of the PAS and CAS forms online. This includes both editable PDFs and Excel versions. 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.

You can also find a link to the form that you must complete if any candidates are under the required length for either performing (4 minutes) or composing (3 minutes).

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Exemplar material and training

We have produced new exemplar material for question 9 in the Appraising paper. This has been taken from the June 2023 series.

You can find the training packs from the recent training events online:

  • Coursework marking training - Performing
  • Coursework marking training - Composing
  • Affective strategies for teaching component 3 (Appraising)

Ofqual resilience guidance September 2023

On 21 September 2023, Ofqual published the resilience guidance for centres delivering: GCSE, AS and A levels, Project Qualifications and Advanced Extension Award in Maths (AEA). We’ve put together a summary of this guidance on our new support page with links to the full information from Ofqual.

Read the summary on our support page

Read the fill Ofqual guidance

General qualifications assessment support

We’ve got a new support page for you to bookmark – General qualifications assessment support. Here we’ll share news information and updates from Ofqual, the Department for Education (DfE), the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and Pearson, relating to the exams and assessments for our GCSE, AS and A level qualifications.

Visit the new General qualifications assessment support page

Key dates

Date Event
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
17 June 2024 Component 3: Appraising exam
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