Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

We use the new AQA syllabus at GCSE and offer the Btec Music from Edexcel.

GCSE Music is an ideal course of study for anyone who has been playing an instrument or singing for some years and wants to study all areas of music at a more advanced and detailed level. It is also preferred, but not essential, that you are able to read music reasonably fluently. The Music GCSE explores a broad range of academic and practical skills that will both prepare you for music at A level music and will also develop a wide range of transferable skills.


Understanding Music Performing Music Composing Music 

Understanding Music

Western Classical tradition 1650-1910 Popular Music 
Traditional Music Western Classical since 1910 

Performing Music

For GCSE, you have to perform as a soloist (on any instrument) and as part of an ensemble. Each of these performances are recorded here in school as part of your coursework. 

Composing Music

You will compose two pieces of music:

  1. Written in response to a brief given by AQA
  2. A free composition of your own choice 

Edexcel BTEC

This level 2 BTEC will be graded at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction * and the equivalent to 1 GCSE.

This course is ideal for you if you have enjoyed music lessons at key stage 3 and would like to explore music through a number of vocational projects as well as finding out about the wider music industry. This BTEC also incorporates aspects of music technology such as recording and mixing. The choice of units means the course can be tailored to each class's specific interests and abilities without necessarily studying the more traditional, historical or musical theory aspects of the subject.

This course will prepare you for BTEC level 3 courses in music and music technology in sixth form as well as equipping you with a variety of transferable skills essential for succesful performance in working life.

The course is comprised of 2 Compulsory Units:

  1. The music industry - This is the only exam. A 1hr written paper with set questions on the self employed producer/performer/promoter
  2. Managing a music product - A project that involves the planning and promoting a music product, such as a gig or album.
Then 2 further optional units chosen from:

  • Live sound
  • Music Composition
  • Music Performance
  • Music Recording
  • Music Sequencing