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NCFE Level 3 Applied General Certificate in Music Technology

Ref:
601/6779/8
Sector:
Arts, Media and Publishing
Features:
Performance Points, UCAS

Level
Level 3
Minimum entry age
16
GLH
372
TQT
610

This qualification is approved in the 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 Key Stage 5 Performance Tables and is now available for registrations.

The DfE have confirmed that the additional retake opportunity in place for the 2018/19 academic year for all Tech Levels and Applied General qualifications will continue to be offered while the moratorium for 16-18 performance tables is in place. This includes Tech Levels and Applied General qualifications which will be counted in 2020, 2021 and 2022 performance tables.

Who is this qualification suitable for?

This qualification is equivalent in size to an A Level. It is aimed at post-16 year olds studying a Key Stage 5 curriculum with an interest in creative music production and performance.

About this qualification

This qualification is appropriate for learners wishing to continue their education through applied learning which will equip them with transferable knowledge and skills, whilst giving them the opportunity to respond to contextualised industry briefs.

Level 3 Applied General qualifications are automatically eligible for UCAS points under the new Tariff. The UCAS points have been awarded for this qualification in May 2017 as follows: P – 16, M – 32, D – 48, D* - 56.

Please see the External Assessment Timetable for a breakdown of the assessment dates for this qualification.

Useful Links

Regulations for the Conduct of External Assessment

Qualification Specific Instructions for Delivery (QSID)


Qualification Specification
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This document contains everything you need to know about this qualification and should be used by everyone involved in its planning, delivery and assessment.

Summary of Changes
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This document summarises the changes in the Qualification Specification since between Issue 4 May 2017 and Issue 5 October 2017.

Purpose Statement
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This document outlines the content of this qualification, who it’s designed for, and the opportunities it could lead to.

Factsheet
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This document provides an overview of the qualification.

Career Card Music Technology
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Frequently Asked Questions
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This document answers frequently asked questions for this qualification.

Manchester Metropolitan University Letter of Support
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This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

Middlesborough College Letter of Support
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This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

Newcastle University Letter of Support
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This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

University of Huddersfield Letter of Support
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This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

University of West London Letter of Support
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This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

Delivery Guide
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This document provides a guideline that defines the structure and content of the course.

Department for Education Performance Tables - Quick Guide
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This guide has been created to support schools and centres with information on which qualifications have been approved by the Department for Education (DfE) and count towards Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 performance tables.

Using UMS to Calculate Qualification Grades (v2)
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This document explains how to calculate the total UMS value of a qualification.

External Assessment Past Paper - Written Spring 2020
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This past paper will help learners prepare for their external assessment.

Mark Scheme - Written Spring 2020
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This is the mark scheme for the Spring 2020 external assessment.

Chief Examiner Report - Written Spring 2020
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the Spring 2020 external assessment.

External Assessment Past Paper - Practical Spring 2020
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This past paper will help learners prepare for their external assessment.

Audio Files - Written Spring 2020
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This folder contains audio files from the Spring 2020 external assessment.

Audio Files - Written 2 Spring 2020
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This folder contains audio files from the Spring 2020 external assessment.

Chief Examiner Report - Practical Spring 2020
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the Spring 2020 external assessment.

Mark Scheme - Practical Spring 2020
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This is the mark scheme for the Spring 2020 external assessment.

Audio Files - Practical Spring 2020
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This folder contains audio files from the Spring 2020 external assessment.

External Assessment Past Paper - Practical Summer 2019
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This sample paper will help learners prepare for external assessment.

Chief Examiner Report - Practical Summer 2019
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the Summer 2019 external assessment.

Mark Scheme - Practical Paper Summer 2019
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This is the mark scheme for the Summer 2019 external assessment.

Audio Files - Practical Summer 2019
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This folder contains audio files from the Summer 2019 external assessment.

Chords & Lyrics - Summer 2019
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This Chords & Lyrics sheet accompanies the Summer 2019 external assessment.

External Assessment Past Paper - Written Summer 2019
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Mark Scheme - Written Paper Summer 2019
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This is the mark scheme for the Summer 2019 external assessment.

Chief Examiner Report - Written Summer 2019
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the Summer 2019 external assessment.

Audio Files - Written Summer 2019
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External Assessment Past Paper - Written Paper Spring 2019
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This practice paper will help learners prepare for external assessment.

Mark Scheme - Written Paper Spring 2019
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This is the mark scheme for the Spring 2019 external assessment.

Chief Examiner Report - Written Paper Spring 2019
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Audio Files - Written Paper Spring 2019
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Audio Files - Practical Paper Spring 2019
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Mark Scheme - Practical Paper Spring 2019
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Chief Examiner Report - Practical Paper Spring 2019
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the Spring 2019 external assessment.

Chords & Lyrics - Practical Paper Spring 2019
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This Chords & Lyrics sheet accompanies the Spring 2019 external assessment.

Evidence and Grading Tracker
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This Evidence and Grading Tracker can help learners to keep track of their work.

External Assessment Practice Paper (Written)
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External Assessment Practice Paper (Practical)
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External Assessment Practice Paper Audio Samples (Written)
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External Assessment Practice Paper (Written)
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External Assessment Practice Paper (Practical)
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External Assessment Practice Paper Audio Samples (Practical)
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Internal Assessment Sample Tasks
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This document provides example tasks for internal assessment.

Practical External Assessment - Spring 2018
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Written External Assessment - Spring 2018
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External Assessment Written Paper Audio files.zip
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Practical External Assessment - Summer 2018
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Written External Assessment - Summer 2018
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Grading Calculator
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Our grading calculator will support you in estimating your learners' overall result for this qualification. Enter your learners' current or predicted grades for the internal units and external assessments to estimate their overall result. Please note: this is for guidance only. The raw mark grade boundaries for the external assessments will be awarded by NCFE after each assessment window.

Mandatory units

  1. Using a Digital Audio Workstation (A/507/4987)
  2. Creating Music (F/507/4988)
  3. Multi-Track Audio Recording, Mixing and Mastering (A/507/4990)
  4. Sound Creation (J/507/4992)
  5. Live Sound Performance Technology (R/507/4994)
  6. Digital Music Business (Y/507/4995)
  7. Applied General Music Technology - External Assessment Practical (AGMT/EXTA/P)
  8. Applied General Music Technology - External Assessment Written (AGMT/EXTA/W)

Students will still need to prepare a portfolio of evidence. We encourage centres to review our guidance on the types of evidence, and evidence capture, that we permit including e.g. the use of video, photos and other digital means of demonstrating knowledge and skills.

Task-based external assessments from February onwards are cancelled in all cases other than where they are used to demonstrate a practical or occupational competence.

Set date and time assessments from February onwards are also cancelled.

This qualification is in scope for alternative arrangements and if required can be awarded via an assessed grade from the centre.

For further information please see the adaptation addendum document below.

AT 60167798 V2.0
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