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.

Read more

The consultation concluded that all 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 AS and A level Music Technology the following arrangements have been confirmed for summer 2022:

Component 1: Recording

  • Students are required to edit and produce an audio recording, with a reduced recording time of at least 1.5 minutes, in response to a set task provided by Pearson.

  • No live capture will be required. 

  • Pearson will supply sample recordings/stems that are suitable for students to demonstrate their ability to edit and produce audio recordings.

  • The set brief usually published on the 1 June 2021 is now being released on the 15th September 2021 because there is no live capture.

  • Recordings will be marked out of 48 (instead of 60 marks) to reflect the removal of capture.

  • The component will be scaled to maintain weighting across the qualification grade.

  • Logbook has been amended to represent the new task and will be released on the 15th September with the brief.

  • Audio files will be provided in raw individual tracks taken from one mic/DI. There may be MIDI tracks.

  • Although recording will not be included for 2022, where possible and it’s safe to do so, we encourage centres to continue to provide recording opportunities for the benefit of the written examination and progression onto further study.

Component 2: Composition

  • Students are required to create a composition with a reduced minimum time duration of a at least 1.5 minutes, in response to the set task.

  • Total marks for this component remain unchanged. 

  • 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. 

Component 3 – Listening and analysing (written examination)

Component 4 – Producing and analysing (written/practical examination) 

Advance information

To make exams in 2022 less daunting, students will be told in advance some of the topic areas/recordings that will be included on the exam papers, helping them to manage their exam preparation. This information will be issued in the spring term to help students to focus their revision time.

However, the DfE have confirmed that if the impact of the pandemic worsens, this could be issued earlier in the academic year. We will update you on the timing of the advance information release once this has been confirmed.

Read more about advance information with the JCQ teacher guidance

We have developed guidance ahead of the publication of the advance information, to provide further detail on what the advance information will cover.

Download the advance information guidance.

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Component 1: Recording

  • Students are required to edit and produce an audio recording, with a reduced recording time of at least 2 minutes, in response to a set task provided by Pearson.

  • No live capture will be required. 

  • Pearson will supply sample recordings/stems that are suitable for students to demonstrate their ability to edit and produce audio recordings.

  • The set brief usually published on the 1 June 2021 is now being released on the 15th September 2021 because there is no live capture.

  • Recordings will be marked out of 48 (instead of 60 marks) to reflect the removal of capture.

  • The component will be scaled to maintain weighting across the qualification grade.

  • Logbook has been amended to represent the new task and will be released on the 15th September 2021 with the brief.

  • Audio files will be provided in raw individual tracks taken from one mic/DI. There may be MIDI tracks.

  • Although recording will not be included for 2022, where possible and it’s safe to do so, we encourage centres to continue to provide recording opportunities for the benefit of the written examination and progression onto further study. 

Component 2: Composition

  • Students are required to create a composition with a reduced minimum time duration of a at least 2 minutes.

  • The stimulus (video) brief provided to candidates from the 3 optional briefs released on the 1st September 2021 have been reduced from 3 minutes to 2 minutes in duration, to reflect the reduced minimum time requirement.

  • Candidates may use live capture if public health restrictions allow. Candidates can complete the task using synthesis and sampling if live capture is not possible.

  • Total marks for this component remain unchanged.

  • 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.

Component 3 – Listening and analysing (written examination)

Component 4 – Producing and analysing (written/practical examination) 

Advance information 

To make exams in 2022 less daunting, students will be told in advance some of the topic areas/recordings that will be included on the exam papers, helping them to manage their exam preparation. This information will be issued in the spring term to help students to focus their revision time.

However, the DfE have confirmed that if the impact of the pandemic worsens, this could be issued earlier in the academic year. We will update you on the timing of the advance information release once this has been confirmed.

Read more about advance information with the JCQ teacher guidance

We have developed guidance ahead of the publication of the advance information, to provide further detail on what the advance information will cover.

Download the advance information guidance.

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Support

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.