Outcome of the GCSE and A-level music and dance consultation

Wednesday 30 Jan 2019

On 29 January 2019, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) announced the outcome of the GCSE and A-level Music and Dance consultation.

Their announcement means they have:

  • revised their requirements in GCSE, AS and A-level dance and music to allow exam boards to determine how to mark a student’s performance when that performance falls short of the minimum (and maximum for dance) required length
  • added a footnote to the conditions for GCSE and GCE music, to broaden the range of acceptable reference material beyond a traditional written score or lead sheet, where such a score is not available
  • revised their requirements for how many dances students are required to perform in the GCSE dance performance assessment, to align with the Department for Education’s subject content.

The changes are to take place with immediate effect and will apply to the summer 2019 exams and onwards. We’re currently looking into the detail of the announcement. Please ensure that your students' work continues to meet the published length requirements as detailed in our specifications.