A-level Music: NEA changes for 2022 exams

Monday 12 Jul 2021

Ofqual has published the arrangements for non-exam assessment (NEA) and fieldwork for students entering for exams in 2022. Here are the changes to A-level Music you need to know about for summer 2022:

7272/P – Performance

  • Students now need to perform one or more pieces of music with a combined minimum duration of at least three and a half minutes.
  • A complete, unedited recording of the live performance must be submitted and, where available, the score or lead sheet for that performance.
  • Penalties for not achieving the minimum time requirement will be adjusted to take into account the new minimum time requirement.

7272/C – Composition

  • Students now need to compose one piece of music with a duration of at least two minutes.
  • Compositions may be in response to a set brief or be freely composed.
  • Submissions must include a complete recording of the composition with a score, lead sheet or written account produced by the student.
  • Students don’t have to perform their own composition.
  • The recording may be computer generated.
  • Penalties for not achieving the minimum time requirement will be adjusted to take into account the new minimum time requirement.
  • Examiners will mark the one piece out of 25.

We’ll be releasing the composition briefs on Centre Services on 15 September and these will include both the new timing requirement, and that students now need to complete either one brief or one free composition.

Ofqual is planning a consultation on summer 2022 towards the end of this term. We’ll provide further updates and guidance about the summer 2022 exams as soon as we are able to.