GCSE Music

GCSE Music


This GCSE course is a natural progression for those who enjoyed learning the subject in KS3. It allows students to develop composition, listening, musical theory and performing skills throughout the course.

Course Content

Students study various different styles of music and explore these whilst gaining a heightened theoretical musical knowledge in keeping with the ‘Elements of Music’. Students study ‘Areas of Study’ through three strands of learning which form the basis for three of the four units within this course. Students compose two pieces of music; one being linked to a world strand set by the exam board, the second being a ‘free composition’. Students also perform solo pieces and pieces as part of an ensemble with their chosen instrument.


Component 1 – Understanding Music – 40% 1 ½ hour listening exam

This is a listening exam based on the knowledge students have gained through studying the strands of music and Areas of Study.

Component 2 – Performing Music – 30% internally assessed (externally moderated).

Students perform two different pieces of Music on an instrument of their choice; one individual performance and one group performance.

Component 3 – Composing Music – 30% internally assessed (externally moderated)

Students compose two pieces of Music (one free composition and one to a brief) which showcases their skills which have been built up throughout their time within Music.

Future Opportunities

This course GCSE music is a perfect springboard for those who would like to study Music at A-Level. Students can also go on to study A-Level Music Technology or it can also be helpful in gaining access to a Performing Arts course at college. This can lead students into a career in the Arts or teaching perhaps.

Further Information

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