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Time Allocation: Music is a GCSE option choice; therefore, during KS4, 2 hours per week are allocated to its study. Students who choose Music as a GCSE are also encouraged to attend at least one extra-curricular session per week. It is recommended only to choose Music as a GCSE subject if you are already performing at a Gr 3 level, or are prepared to undertake private instrumental tuition.

Exam Board: EdExcel

Course Content: A summary outline of the course is as follows:


Year 9

Year 10

Year 11


Introduction to GCSE

Musicianship (Aural and Theory)

Music for Stage and Screen set works


Instrumental Music 1700-1820  wider listening

Free composition


Fusion set works


Composing to a brief




Music for Stage and Screen set works and wider listening


Free Composition



Instrumental Music 1700-1820  wider listening

  • Instrumental Music 1700-1820 set works

Free composition



Fusions wider listening


Composing to a brief




Music for Stage and screen wider listening

Instrumental Music 1700 – 1820 set works

Free Composition


Instrumental Music 1700-1820  wider listening

Complete free composition

Preparing to compose to a brief

Fusions Wider Listening


Complete composition to a brief

Written Examination

Formative Assessment:

A variety of assessment types are used including listening tests, topic-specific composition tasks, interim solo and ensemble performances. Homework is set weekly in accordance with the homework timetable.

Summative Assessment:

Component 1: Performing (30%)
2 Performances – 1 Solo and 1 Ensemble. Total of 4 minutes across solo and ensemble pieces

Component 2: Composing (30%)
2 Compositions – 1 set to a brief, 1 free choice. Minimum of 3 minutes across both compositions

Component 3: Appraising (40% Exam)
4 Areas of Study: Instrumental Music 1700-1820, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen, Fusions. 1hr 45min exam


Why you should consider studying Music:

It will help you to develop broader life-skills including critical and creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity, emotional awareness, cultural understanding, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-motivation. As well as introducing you to a number of exciting new music styles from different cultures.

What skills profile a GCSE Music student should have:

An ability to play an instrument or sing, a readiness to be involved in extra-curricular activities, concerts and productions and an interest in music of all cultures and times in history.

What opportunities a GCSE in Music will lead to:

A creative subject looks impressive on any CV! It provides students with the opportunity to gain self-confidence through performance, develops team-working skills through ensemble playing, extends creative skills through writing music,

provides a solid foundation for progression to music related courses, including A-level Music  and a career in music professions.

Famous Musicians include: Bach to Beethoven to the Beatles to Black Sabbath to Bob Marley to Bruno Mars

For more information, contact Miss Retelsdorf