Revisions to music and dance GCSE, AS and A levels

29 January 2019

Ofqual has confirmed that performance rules for GCSEs, AS and A levels in music and dance are being revised.

The revisions are being made to address issues Ofqual identified with the way its rules for the performance assessment in these qualifications operated in practice, after they were first delivered in summer 2018. Ofqual received 370 responses to its consultation on the revisions and, having analysed these, has decided to:

  • revise its 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 required length.

  • add 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.

  • revise its requirements for how many dances students are required to perform in the GCSE dance performance assessment, in order to align with the DfE’s subject content.

These changes will come into effect immediately, meaning Ofqual’s new expectations will apply to this summer’s exams.

Ofqual’s analysis of responses and reasons for its decisions are set out in the consultation outcome.