There are changes to this qualification based on the outcomes of the Ofqual consultation on NEA arrangements for summer 2022. The changes are designed to reduce the pressure on teachers and students in the 2021/22 academic year, and to safeguard against ongoing public health concerns. Please read this information alongside the specification.
Ofqual have confirmed that students taking GCSE Music in summer 2022 will have a reduction in NEA requirements for performing and composing.
Students must complete Integrated portfolio (01 or 02) and Listening and appraising (05) to be awarded GCSE in Music in summer 2022.
There are two submission options, postal submission or electronic upload via the OCR repository. Repository option: Learners must take (01) and (05).
Postal option: Learners must take (02) and (05).
The integrated portfolio is now the only NEA component required, consisting of one performance and one composition of the learner’s choice.
There are no changes to the form of assessment or marking criteria – please mark the work out of 60 as normal. Use the integrated portfolio marking criteria and guidance in the specification.
Score/lead sheet requirements remain as normal.
We will weight up the mark to 60% rather than 30% of the overall qualification.
This component has been removed. We will not be releasing a board set brief.
Performance: 1.5 minutes (2 mins if including ensemble).
Learners may still perform multiple pieces to meet the performance minimum duration.
Composition: 2 minutes. As the integrated portfolio is the sole NEA component for summer 2022, this is a learner choice composition.
Students must still meet these reduced minimum durations.
The component codes have been removed for both of the practical components 03 and 04 that will not be assessed in 2022.
The candidate cover sheet and minimum duration statement will be updated for 2022 to reflect the changes being made.
OCR’s team of expert subject advisors has created videos, webinars, and other resources to guide you through these changes and help you prepare your students for their exams in summer 2022.
You can contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @OCR_PerformArts or call on 01223 553998.