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 AS and A level Music Technology.

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Ofqual confirms changes to exams and assessments in 2021

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 AS and A Level Music Technology examinations for 2021

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

  • Recording Assessment: Require students to edit and produce an audio recording with a duration of at least 1.5 minutes, in response to an exam board set task. Require exam board to provide sample recordings or to approve centre-selected sample recordings that are suitable for students to demonstrate their ability to edit and produce audio recordings.. 
  • Composition Assessment: Require students to produce a technology-based composition with a duration of at least 1.5 minutes, in response to an exam board set task. Require exam board to ensure that where composition briefs have scope for live capture, students will not be disadvantaged if they complete the task using synthesised sounds only.

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

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

  • Recording Assessment: Require students to edit and produce an audio recording with a duration of at least 2 minutes, in response to an exam board set task. Require exam board to provide sample recordings or to approve centre-selected sample recordings that are suitable for students to demonstrate their ability to edit and produce audio recordings. 
  • Composition Assessment: Require students to produce a technology-based composition with a duration of at least 2 minutes, in response to an exam board set task. Require exam board to ensure that where composition briefs have scope for live capture, students will not be disadvantaged if they complete the task using synthesised sounds only.

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

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