Summer 2022 support

On 30 September 2021, the Department for Education and Ofqual published the outcomes of the consultation on proposed summer 2022 adaptations, including optionality and advance information.

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The consultation concluded that all of the proposals set out in the consultation document would be implemented.

Read more about the 2022 adaptations consultation outcomes

This is in addition to the outcomes of the 2022 NEA and field work consultation, which published on 16 June. These confirmed the carry forward of arrangements which were put in place in 2021 to take account of public health restrictions that could have had an impact on the way the assessments in certain qualifications could be conducted.

Read more about the NEA and field work consultation outcome

For A level Music the following arrangements have been confirmed for summer 2022:

  • Students are required to perform 1 or more pieces of music with a reduced minimum combined time duration of at least 3 minutes.
  • Penalty tables have been amended to reflect the reduced minimum time requirement.   
  • Remove requirement for performance to be performed in front of a live audience of two or more people. Instead performances could be in front of the teacher as an audience of 1 - face-to-face or by remote means i.e. via video submission. 
  • Performances can be recorded at any point during the intended academic year of certification.  

  • Students are required to submit one composition with a reduced minimum time duration of at least 3 minutes. 
  • Candidates to submit one free composition.  
  • Composition will be marked out of 40 marks (instead of 60 marks) to reflect the reduction in assessment. The component will be scaled to maintain the 30% weighting towards the qualification grade. 
  • We will not require candidates to respond to a brief set by Pearson this year so we will not release the composition brief or the assessing technique briefs on the website. Instead candidates must submit one free composition. 
  • We continue to encourage centres to deliver the skills and knowledge associated with the briefs assessing technique, as these can be applied to the free composition and remain valuable for further study.
  • The mark penalty tables have been changed to reflect the reduced minimum time requirement. 
  • We will provide an update shortly regarding clarification of remote supervision for the composition component, including expectations around ensuring candidates abide by the rules of assessment.

Advance information

To make exams in 2022 less daunting, students will be told in advance some information about the exam content, helping them to manage their exam preparation. The Department for Education has now confirmed that advance information can be released.

You can now access your advance information for May/June 2022.

The advance information should be read alongside the JCQ teacher guidance and the advance information guidance which was published on 9 December.

Download the JCQ teacher guidance

Download the full advance information

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We will be supporting you and your students every step of the way with the 2022 summer arrangements.

You can find the support currently available to support teaching and learning below.