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 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 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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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.