What you will study in Music?
The full details of every GCSE course are given in the exam board’s ‘specification’, see links at the bottom of this page.
Groups and Assessment
Students are taught in ability based sets.
Performance - 4 solo assessments and 3 ensemble assessment over the two year course
Composition - 3 main compositions over the two compositions
Listening – 3 main examinations (May of Year 10, December of Year 11 and May of Year 11)
There are no tiers in this GCSE course, all students take the same final exams.
Students will complete five performance assessments over the two years.
Students will complete two compositions in controlled conditions over the two years (one in year 10 and one in Year 11), each period lasting 10 hours.
There is one written examination at the end of Year 11.
Performing and composing are submitted as coursework are at the end of Year 11
Paper 1 = Performing - 30% in total, 15% solo performance, 15% ensemble performance
Paper 2 = Composing – 30% in total, 15% for Composition 1, 15% for Composition 2
Paper 3 = Listening – 40% in total, 90 minute exam
Enrichment opportunities, visits and trips
A variety of extra-curricular musical opportunities for students to get involved with. Please see departmental information.
Music catch-up club is offered on a Thursday after school.
Where this Qualification Leads
A Level Music Further study of music at university
Performance studies at a higher level
Music in the media
Exam Board and Specification
Exam Board - Edexcel
Specification - 2MU01