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 GCSE (9-1) 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.

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 GCSE (9-1) 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 1.5 minutes (if all solo performance) or 2 minutes (if including performance as part of an ensemble). No requirement to perform as part of an ensemble.
  • Composition assessment: Students to compose one or more pieces of music with a combined duration of at least 2 minutes.

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

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