The subject content for GCSE Music is divided into three components:
In the practical components (1 & 2) students have a level of independence and choice as to what they perform and compose using their own interest in music to help them.
Component 1: Performing 30% (Internally marked by your teacher and moderated by the board)
A minimum of two pieces lasting a total of 4 – 6 minutes, recorded in the year of assessment.
One piece must be an ensemble (group) piece lasting at least one minute.
One piece has to be linked to an Area of Study.
Written exam: 1 hour and 45 mins.
Grade 3 music is standard level and can score full marks if played perfectly.
Component 2: Composing 30% (Internally marked by your teacher and moderated by the board)
Two pieces of your own creation.
One in response to a brief set by the exam board – there are 4 choices each year.
One free composition written in any style you choose.
Music Technology is used to assist in the recording
You do not have to perform your own pieces.
Component 3: Examination 40%. (Externally marked)
AoS1 Musical Forms and Devices (includes a set work)
Aos2 Music for Ensemble
Aos 3 Film Music
Aos4 Popular Music (includes a set work)
Why choose Music?
In the future, Creativity is going to be one of the most important and in-demand skills at work (World Economic Forum.) When business leaders across the world were surveyed, they voted creativity as the most important workplace skill to help their businesses survive and grow.
This means that the study of creative subjects, like Music, is becoming even more important and relevant to young people to give you the chance to succeed – whatever your ambitions. At the same time, you will find many opportunities to develop and improve your personal wellbeing both independently and as part of a wider community.
Progression routes for GCSE Music
A level courses in Music, Performing Arts, Performance studies, Drama and Theatre studies.
BTEC Music Technology.
Level 2/3 courses in Music / Performing Arts/ Musical Theatre.
Careers in Music Therapy, Teaching, Composing, Performing, Music Journalism, Music Publishing,
Broadcasting and TV, Recording companies, Music Producer, Recording Engineer, Sound Engineer,
Musical Director, Marketing Manager, Artist Administrator, Merchandiser.