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Consultation on changes to performance rules in GCSE, AS and A level music and dance

Views sought on proposals to revise our rules about music and dance performances

Ofqual has today (9 November 2018) launched a consultation on changes to our rules about the length of performances in music and dance GCSEs, AS and A levels.

We propose to change our rules on how performances are marked if a student performs for less than the expected time. We are also clarifying our rules about how music performances that are not based on a traditional written score are assessed and our expectations for the number of dances a learner must perform. Nothing in our proposals would change the way students should prepare for their assessments.

You can find the consultation below, as well as details of how to respond to our proposals. The consultation is open for 4 weeks, and the final date for responses is 9 December 2018.


Changes to our rules for GCSEs, AS and A levels in music and dance.

This consultation closes at 

Consultation description

Following the first delivery of the reformed GCSEs, AS and A levels in music in summer 2018, we identified two issues with our rules for the performance assessment in these qualifications. One of these issues also applies to the reformed GCSE, AS and A level in dance. We have also identified an editorial error specifically related to the reformed GCSE in dance. To address these issues, we are proposing to make some small changes to our subject-level conditions.


Consultation on Changes to our rules for GCSEs, AS and A levels in music and dance

Ref: 18/6435/1PDF, 158KB, 16 pages

Ways to respond

Respond online


Complete a response form and either

Email to:

[email protected]

Write to:

Earlsdon Park 
53-55 Butts Road 
CV1 3BH 
United Kingdom

Published 9 November 2018

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