Summer 2022 support

The Department for Education have confirmed that exams will go ahead in 2022, but with a few changes, such as optionality or advance information.

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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 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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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 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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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.