In music, students begin to build and develop the fundamental skills of performance, composition and critical appraisal through engaging with different musical idioms in a practical format. Students cover a wide range of different musical styles and genres whilst also giving pupils an opportunity to develop self-reflection and interpersonal skills, using teamwork to develop their creative, artistic, social and physical traits within the music curriculum.


60% coursework (2 x compositions, 2 x performances)

40% examination

The GCSE course utilises the skills developed in KS3 of performance, composition and listening & appraising to focus on two key areas – coursework and the examination. The coursework comprises two performances and two compositions whereas the exam will test knowledge on four areas of study and two set works. Students will listen to a wide range of musical genres and be able to critically appraise what they hear. Compositions are created based on a free choice and a brief set by the exam board and the performances will have to include one ensemble piece


60% coursework (performance route or composition route)

40% examination

The A level course is again made up of coursework and an examination. In this course students are able to choose a composition or performance route to focus on depending on their strengths, and then all students study three areas of musical history compromising two set works. Students will listen to a wide range of musical examples and be asked to comment on these in both extended and short answers. This course builds on the GCSE content and is an excellent option for students who enjoyed the offering at KS4.

Key Stage 3

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5