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GCSE Music

GCSE Music is for all who love music. Students work individually and in groups to perform, compose and learn about many different styles of music and gain wider transferable skills. 

This course is for students who enjoy performing, creating and listening to music and can be tailored to suit all musical styles; rock guitarists, classical pianists, singers and drummers as well as those who are skilled and confident in sequencing, DJing and beatboxing. Students do not need to be of a specific standard on their chosen instrument/voice. However, students do need to have a willingness to improve and complete private practice on their chosen instrument/voice in order to succeed in GCSE Music.

GCSE Music gives students opportunities to engage with professional musicians, attend music concerts and take part in performances outside the classroom, alongside learning about performing, composing and understanding music in lessons.

GCSE Music can lead to professional training or further education in music. However, if you choose not to follow the subject further, music also enables you to demonstrate many transferable skills such as creativity, teamwork, communication, working to a brief and performance and presentation skills. These are all skills which employers, colleges and universities look for in addition to academic success.


Component 1: Performing

30% of the qualification

Students complete Solo and Ensemble performances – 4-6 minutes in total

This component is marked by your teacher and then externally moderated.

Component 2: Composing (writing music)

30% of the qualification

Students compose 2 pieces of music 

  • 1 to a brief set by Eduqas, 1 free choice

This component is marked by your teacher and then externally moderated

Component 3: Appraising (Listening to and understanding music)

40% of the qualification

Students complete a 1 hour 15 minute, 8 question listening exam 

2 of the 8 questions are on the set works

  • ‘Africa’ - Toto
  • ‘Badinerie’ - Bach

This component is marked externally

Examining Board:



Mr A Davey