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By using a component adjustment, candidates take the component in a way that is easier to manage. They produce a reduced amount of work and you send all the work to us. You must apply for permission to use component adjustments. You can apply for permission until 21 September 2021 (at 23:59 UTC+1) if you are not able to fully prepare candidates because of Covid-19 disruption.
See below for the full list of syllabuses where component adjustments are available. If your syllabus is not listed below, we do not offer a component adjustment for this syllabus.
To apply for permission to use a component adjustment:
The deadline for applications is 21 September 2021 (at 23:59 UTC+1). We will tell you the outcome of your application via email as soon as possible.
If you have one or more approved component adjustments, we need to moderate or mark the work of each candidate using them. You must send us all their work and include a copy of your completed application form in the packet of work that you send to us.
You must not apply for component exemptions and component adjustments for the same candidate(s) for the same component. Make sure you understand the difference between these routes before you apply – see ‘What is a component adjustment?’ above and ‘What is a component exemption?’. Use our interactive guide to help you identify which route to grades is the right one for your candidate(s).
We recognise that in some cases candidates may not be able to fulfil the following requirement for component 02 (Performing):
(ii) sing or play in an ensemble – either one piece or two short contrasting pieces (which should be on the same instrument – but this does not need to be the same instrument as that offered for individual performing).
In specific cases where candidates are not able to fulfil this requirement, they may complete part (i) of the component requirements only:
(i) sing or play individually – either one piece or two short contrasting pieces (which should be on the same instrument).
The total playing time for parts (i) and (ii) should be between 4 and 10 minutes. Where candidates are only able to complete part (i) of this component, it is not necessary to extend the duration of part (i) to reach the usual minimum playing time of 4 minutes. However, in these cases the total playing time should not be less than 2 minutes.
When marking the candidate’s task and completing paperwork, please only provide a mark for the performance the candidate has completed. This means that if the candidate has only completed the individual performance, you should record a mark out of 25 for this performance. Do not record a mark for the ensemble performance. The candidate’s mark will be adjusted by Cambridge during external moderation to account for this.
For the individual piece, candidates can be recorded performing at home or in a setting outside of the centre. The teacher must be able to authenticate the candidate’s work and see the candidate at all times during the performance. They must confirm that the candidate did not have access to any materials not normally permitted, such as a script. The performance can be pre-recorded, without an audience, but the camera must be static, with no editing of the footage. The recording of the performance cannot be repeated.
For the group piece, if candidates have not been able to complete both pieces, they may perform one of the group pieces only. Submit either the scripted or devised performance, depending on what they have covered. For the piece candidates have not performed, you should enter a mark of 0 on the Individual Candidate Mark Sheet. We will adjust the candidate’s mark when we moderate the work.
If it is not possible for a candidate to complete any group piece for coursework, they may complete a second Individual Piece. This should be a second scripted piece from a published play representing a different genre, style or period of drama from the first piece.
We will also not accept group performances where candidates are working remotely, whether live streamed or separately recorded. Candidates who are working remotely and unable to participate in any group performance may submit a second Individual Piece.
Candidates should complete one physical activity only from those listed in the syllabus. There is therefore no requirement for the candidate to cover two areas. Teachers should mark the one physical activity according to the marking criteria. Do not adjust the mark to account for other physical activities or for reduced evidence. This means that you should record one physical activity and its mark out of 25 on the Coursework Assessment Summary Form and submit this mark for the component.
The teacher can assess activities outside the centre’s curriculum (where students have developed ability through other providers, for example a local club). However, in all cases the activity must be on the list of activities in section 2 of the Coursework Guidelines. You can find the Coursework Guidelines on the syllabus page of our website.
A person who is not the candidate’s teacher may record them completing the physical activity. However, the recording must be completed according to the requirements of the Coursework Guidelines. It must include all the information we specify is needed in the recording.
In all cases, the teacher is responsible for monitoring, assessing and standardising the candidate’s work according to the criteria in the Coursework Guidelines.
You must provide evidence of all the work of all candidates using the component adjustment. You must send this in addition to the usual sample.
If it is not possible to complete the Product Realisation stage for the component, the candidate should try to produce a prototype or model of the product they were planning to make. If it is not possible to produce a model or prototype, the candidate should be able to complete all other aspects of the project. You should send photos of each candidate’s prototype only, rather than the actual prototype, when you submit the candidate’s work. Each candidate should, as part of their portfolio, ensure that they show detailed designs and photos of them making the prototype, annotating their work. Although it may not be possible to test the actual product, each candidate should consider any findings through the production of their model or prototype that could lead them to propose further modifications, suggest alternative materials, or identify strengths and weaknesses. In their evaluation, each candidate should mention points of reflection/issues arising and how they would propose solutions to these issues. They may refer back to their initial specification or designs.
When marking the work and preparing paperwork to send to us, please give a mark for the parts of the project the candidate has completed. Give a mark of 0 for the parts of the project they have not completed. The candidate’s mark for these sections will be determined by Cambridge during external moderation.
Candidates should make full use of the materials available to them when developing and creating their product. This includes materials they may have at home or outside of the centre, such as textiles. However, it must be possible to assess the outcome using the coursework assessment criteria in the syllabus.
Candidates should still be able to identify a need or opportunity with an analysis leading to a design brief. If relevant, candidates can identify a need or opportunity based on the current situation. If a candidate cannot access the required resources to do their research, you can provide them with research materials to choose from.
You can select three (instead of five) of the eight possible test questions for candidates, according to the candidates’ level of preparation and access to ingredients. You can schedule a candidate’s Practical Test more than a week after the Planning Session. This will support social distancing and allow more time to source the ingredients.
Encourage candidates to select dishes that it will be feasible for them to make, bearing in mind the availability of ingredients. Candidates may also source relevant ingredients themselves. If replacement ingredients are needed, the Practical Examiner should note them on the Practical Test Working Mark Sheet. If an ingredient cannot be sourced or replaced, the candidate should make what they can with the ingredients available to them. The Practical Examiner should record details of this on the Practical Test Working Mark Sheet and on the Supervisor’s Report (supplied in the Confidential Instructions).
You should mark the Practical Test as normal following the guidance in the Practical Test Handbook. Record marks for all candidates on the forms described in the syllabus. If an ingredient cannot be sourced or replaced, mark the candidate’s work based on what they have been able to do in the circumstances. Submit the work to us so we can moderate it. Do not adjust any candidate’s mark to account for the difficulties experienced in sourcing ingredients.
Candidates can submit one fashion garment or one fashion accessory instead of both of these. They should also submit an accompanying folder of supporting evidence for the garment or accessory. When marking the candidate’s work and completing forms, you should mark the item out of 20 and the accompanying folder out of 20, totalling to a mark out of 40. You should not adjust the mark to account for the missing item or missing accompanying folder. We will adjust the candidate’s mark when we moderate the work.
Candidates may complete one physical activity only from those listed in the syllabus as available for the component. Candidates must also complete an Action Plan (see below). There is therefore no requirement for the candidate to cover two areas. Teachers should mark the one physical activity according to the marking criteria. They should not adjust the mark to account for other physical activities or for reduced evidence.
On the Coursework Assessment Summary Form, you should record one physical activity and its mark out of 30. Also give a mark out of 30 for the Action Plan. You should submit a mark out of 60 for the component: combine the mark for the physical activity out of 30 and the mark for the Action Plan out of 30.
A person who is not the teacher may record candidates completing this physical activity. However, the recording must be completed according to the requirements of the Coursework Guidelines. It must also include all the information we specify. You can find the Coursework Guidelines on the syllabus page of our website.
Candidates may complete their Action Plan based on any of the physical activities listed in the syllabus as available for this component, apart from Weight Training.
Candidates may complete one physical activity only from any of those listed in the syllabus as available for the component. Candidates must also complete an Evaluation and Appreciation of Performance (see below). There is therefore no requirement for the candidate to cover two areas. Teachers should mark the one physical activity according to the marking criteria. They should not adjust the mark to account for other physical activities or for reduced evidence.
On the Coursework Assessment Summary Form, you should record one physical activity and its mark out of 30. Also record a mark out of 30 for the Evaluation and Appreciation of Performance. You should submit a mark out of 60 for the component: combine the mark for the physical activity out of 30 and the mark for the Evaluation and Appreciation of Performance out of 30.
A person who is not the teacher may record candidates completing this activity. However, the recording must be completed according to the requirements of the Coursework Guidelines. It must also include all the information we specify. You can find the Coursework Guidelines on the syllabus page of our website.
Candidates may complete their Evaluation and Appreciation of Performance based on any of the physical activities listed in the syllabus as available for this component.
In light of the current situation, candidates may if necessary complete their Evaluation and Appreciation of Performance based on a pre-recorded performance. The pre-recorded performance should be one that the candidate has not seen before, e.g. a recording of another candidate. Centres should include a note in their coursework submission to explain that this was necessary. Centres should also include a copy of the pre-recorded performance. The candidate should be recorded by the teacher during their oral presentation in the usual way.
Wherever possible, candidates should complete both parts (i) and (ii) of the component, using the guidance below. If the candidate is not able to complete both parts of the component, you should apply for permission to complete one of the parts only. When you are marking the component and completing the forms, you should only mark the part the candidate has been able to complete. Do not provide marks for parts of the component that the candidate has not been able to complete.
For part (i) Performing, there is no compulsory requirement to perform in an ensemble. Candidates may therefore perform solo work if ensemble work is not possible. They may use a backing track.
For part (ii) Composing, handwritten scores are accepted and free composition or music notation software is readily available for candidates to download. Candidates could record the composition using a mobile phone or auto-playback generated by their computer. Submit the recording to us in a file type specified on the samples database: www.cambridgeinternational.org/samples
Candidates may produce one investigative item or piece of coursework, instead of three pieces. You should still submit an accompanying folder demonstrating the candidate’s research, planning, implementation and evaluation for this item (approximately 1000 words).