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Cambridge IGCSE Music allows learners to develop their musical skills through listening, performing and composing.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
We have refreshed the listening content to include areas of study on music and words, music for dance, music for small ensemble and music for stage and screen.
We have adjusted the criteria for components 2 and 3 to allow flexibility in the styles of music and the instruments used.
For full details of the changes, please see the 2026-2028 syllabus above.
Please note that if you make an entry for the A*-G grading scale, it is not then possible to switch to the 9-1 grading scale once the entries deadline has passed. If you find that you have accidentally made an entry for the A*-G syllabus, you must withdraw and re-enter before the entries deadline.
For some subjects, we publish grade descriptions to help understand the level of performance candidates’ grades represent.
We paused the publication of grade descriptions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the temporary changes to the awarding standard in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
As the awarding standard has now returned to the pre-pandemic standard, we are working to produce up-to-date grade descriptions for most of our general qualifications. These will be based on the awarding standards in place from June 2023 onwards.
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