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 might continue to affect the way the assessments in certain qualifications could be conducted.

Read more about the NEA and field work consultation outcome

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

Component 1: Performing

  • Students are required to perform 1 or more pieces of music with a reduced combined time duration of at least 1.5 minutes (if all solo performance) or 2 minutes (if including performance as part of an ensemble)’.   
  • The current requirement is 1 ensemble and 1 solo performance. The new requirement is for 1 performance only. This performance can be solo or ensemble. There is no requirement to perform as part of an ensemble. 
  • Performance will be marked out of 30 marks (instead of 60 marks) to reflect the reduction in time and number of performances. This will then be scaled to ensure the performance component maintains the 30% weight towards the qualification grade. 
  • There is a requirement to submit complete and unedited recordings of the live performance, and where available, the score or lead sheet for that performance.
  • The mark penalty tables will be changed to reflect the reduced minimum time requirement.

Component 2: Composition

  • Students are required to compose 1 or more pieces of music with a reduced combined time duration of at least 2 minutes.
  • Candidates are normally required to submit two compositions; this is being reduced to one composition.  
  • The composition will be marked out of 30 marks (instead of 60 marks) to reflect the reduction in time and number of compositions. 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. Instead, candidates must submit a free composition. 
  • 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.

Both NEA components

Both NEA components will be marked by the teacher and moderated by the exam board.

Component 3: Appraising

Advance information

To make exams in 2022 less daunting, students will be told in advance some of the topic areas 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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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.