What will be studied?
A GCSE in Music will provide a contemporary, accessible and creative education in Music with an integrated approach to the three main elements of performing, composing and appraising. Students are encouraged to be creative and to broaden their musical horizons and understanding with areas of study that inspire and challenge. This course will enable learners to explore performance and composition with a focus on their own instrument and genre choices and offer opportunity to explore new instrumental skills. This specification will enable learners to explore performance and composition with a focus on their own instrument and genre choices and offer opportunity to explore new instrumental skills. Through the various genres, styles and eras contained in the areas of study students will explore musical context, musical language, and performance and composition skills.
It is worth noting that the College supports students who decide to study Music GCSE in their instrumental studies, by offering a subsidy of £45 towards instrumental lessons at the College, per term.
Who will this course suit?
The course is designed to appeal to, and cater for, a wide range of interests, instruments, personalities and directions. Learners will have the opportunity to explore instruments and areas of study depending on their personal preference and ability.
You will need to demonstrate the following skills:
♫ independent working skills
♫ collaborative skills
♫ basic knowledge of the keyboard
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How is the course assessed?
Students will be assessed on three components:
- Integrated portfolio
This will include a performance on an instrument of choice and a composition to a brief set by the student. It is worth 30% of the total GCSE.
- Practical component
This is an ensemble performance and a composition to an OCR set brief. It is also worth 30% of the total GCSE.
- Listening and appraising
This is a written paper and is worth 40% of the exam.
What will this qualification lead to?
Studying a GCSE in Music could lead to studying a number of Level 3 courses including A Level Music or A Level Music Technology. It may also inspire students towards a number of different careers including sound technician, teaching, editing music journals or websites.