Curriculum - Music


What course do we follow?

Edexcel GCSE Music

What will I learn?

Music GCSE follows the EDEXCEL examination syllabus which develops a pupil’s knowledge and understanding of listening and analysing, composing and performing. In addition to classroom lessons, pupils are encouraged to consolidate their learning through the department’s enrichment activities such as orchestra, choir and through peripatetic instrumental music tuition.

How will I be assessed?

An outline of the course requirements is as follows:

Listening and Analysis

Pupils will study 8 set works relating to music from around the world and different periods in history. They will complete short melody/rhythmic dictation exercises and will be asked to analyse one unfamiliar piece of music. This accounts for 40% of the course and is assessed by 1hr 30min examination.


Pupils must submit two compositions as coursework, which will be externally assessed. One composition will be in response to a brief set by the examination board, the other will be a free composition. During the first part of the course, a folio of compositions is compiled. Pupils then select their best work to refine and provide a score, recording and a detailed brief of their compositional process.

This module accounts for 30% of the course and is internally assessed and externally moderated.


Pupils must perform two pieces of music during the course; one solo and one in an ensemble and a final performance, under examination conditions in the summer term of Year 11.

This module accounts for 30% of the course and is internally assessed and externally moderated.

What resources are used?

For the examination aspect of the course, pupils will be expected to complete independent research using appropriate websites, worksheets, teacher complied notes and College VLE.

For the performance element, pupils have access to College instruments where appropriate; orchestral instrumentalists and guitarists will be expected to make use of their own instruments.

How will this subject help me in the future?

Music has much to offer both academically and as a leisure activity after school. It is a talent which is present in all children and is developed through classwork as well as a wide range of extra-curricular activities; lunchtime concerts, cabaret concerts, master classes and workshops by visiting specialists, foreign tours and stage musicals.

The syllabus is beneficial to pupils wishing to pursue a career in the industry as performers, composers, studio engineers and technicians as well as in related media arts.