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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, the syllabus states that grade descriptions will be made available after first assessment in 2020, 2021 or 2022.
Publication of grade descriptions was paused in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the temporary changes to the grading standard that have been in place for 2020, 2021 and 2022. We are currently working on producing these grade descriptions. This work will make sure that grade descriptions reflect examination outcomes appropriately and are based on the more stable grading standard that we expect to have in place for June 2023 onwards.
We provide a wide range of support so that teachers can give their learners the best possible preparation for Cambridge programmes and qualifications. For teachers at registered Cambridge schools, support materials for specific syllabuses are available from the School Support Hub (username and password required).
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