KS4 | Music

Head of Department: 

Miss C Marshall


What Will I Learn?

  • To compose and develop musical ideas with technical control and coherence
  • To perform music as a soloist and as part of an ensemble with technical control, expression and interpretation.
  • Music Theory, notation and musical knowledge, enabling you to discuss and develop a deeper understanding of music from a variety of cultures and historical periods
  • Appraisal skills to make evaluative and critical judgements about music.

Unit Titles and Assessment Methods

Unit 1: Performing 30%

You will perform (play, sing or sequence) two pieces of your choice for your final coursework submission.  One piece will be a solo and one will be an ensemble (group) piece. These performances may take place in the classroom, in school music groups or outside school.


Unit 2:  Composing 30% 

You will compose two pieces of music throughout the course. One will be a free choice, composed in any style with the guidance of your teacher and the other will be in response to a brief set by the exam board in year 11. Most students use GarageBand to compose and record their compositions.

Unit 3:  Listening and Appraising 40%

For this unit you will study a range of set works (pieces of music) across different styles of music. You will sit a 1hr 45mins exam paper. You will listen to extracts from the 4 Areas of Study and answer questions, using your musical knowledge developed over the three years.


Additional Course Specific Information

You will need to enjoy performing and writing music and have the desire to improve. Ideally, you will already play a musical instrument or sing and have access to an instrument at home. However, you are given free instrumental and vocal lessons throughout the three-year course and have access to a wide range of equipment and instruments in school.  You need to enjoy listening to a wide range of musical styles and traditions and excited to learn about new musical cultures. Although we do attend trips, attending and taking part in performances, gigs and concerts regularly in your own time will support your development as a young musician.

Higher Education Courses and Careers Progression Pathways

Successful completion in this subject at Level 2 (GCSE C or above) will allow you to have a range of options in the future.  If you wish to progress to a Level 3 (AS/A2, BTEC) in this subject, you are required to have a minimum of a B grade at Level 2 (GCSE). GCSE Music may be required in a number of training programmes, by employers or as an entry requirement for other subjects at advanced level and is an excellent creative qualification to have on your CV. Outstanding university, conservatoire and diploma courses are available across the UK. Careers in Music can include performers, composers, songwriters, producers, music therapists, conductors, music teachers and tutors, music journalist, engineers, tour managers, booking agents and promoters, film and TV music careers and much more!

For further information, please speak to Miss C Marshall, Head of Music.