GCSE Music

In GCSE Music pupils will look at three areas of study.

  • Integrated Portfolio (30%of the overall marks).  Students perform a piece of their chosen instrument/voice. They will record their performance and compose a piece of their choice.
  • Practical Component (30% of overall marks).  Students perform a piece as part of an ensemble. Students compose a piece of music to a brief set by the exam board.
  • Listening and Appraising Exam (20% of overall marks).  A listening and written paper of up to 1 hour 30 minutes. The listening paper is based on four areas of study including film music, sound tracks for video games, pop music and the concerto.

Pupils learn how to use music technology to record their performances and to enhance their compositions.

Assessment: Most of the assessment is coursework (60%). There is one exam based on listening to examples from the areas of study (40%).

Music GCSE is useful for students who want to go into the arts, teaching, creative media, working with children, the elderly and those with disabilities.  Students who have GCSE Music learn how to perform which is a life skill in terms of future interviews and presentations.  It also shows employers that you are able to persevere in terms of regular practice in order to achieve the highest standards on your instrument/voice.

Teaching Staff
Mrs M Lee, BA, PGCE (Head of Music)
Mr R McDonald, BA, PGCE
Miss S McLean, BA, PGCE