Summer 2021 exam support

In August 2020 Ofqual confirmed there will be changes to the 2021 examination series due to the impact coronavirus has had on students’ education. Here you’ll find the information you need to help you understand the changes to Pearson Edexcel A level Music.

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We are providing you and your students with materials specifically tailored to help you prepare for the summer 2021 exam series. Links to content support are listed below and we will let you know when further information is added as it becomes available.

Please note that the changes outlined are correct at time of publication and apply to the 2021 exam series only. For students due to be examined in 2022 these changes do not apply.

Changes to Pearson Edexcel A level Music examinations for 2021

Ofqual has confirmed that the changes for the 2021 series will be:

  • Performance Assessment: Students to perform one or more pieces of music with a combined duration of at least 2.5 minutes (30% weighting). 
  • Composition Assessment: Students to compose one or more pieces of music with a combined duration of at least 3 minutes. Compositions may be in response to an exam board set brief and/or freely composed*.

* For Pearson Edexcel A level Music, the composition for 2021 will be a free composition only. There will not be a set brief this year.

Details of what this means for our specifications and assessments can be found in the following documents:

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