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Level: GCSE Examination board: Eduqas Specification: C660QS

GCSE course outline

Whilst studying GCSE Music students will explore a range of different music from all musical periods and will also encounter music from other world traditions. They will learn how to listen to music and explain what they are hearing using correct musical terminology and critical analysis. As part of the course, students will also develop their composition and musicianship skills through creating their own music and performing. 

Skills required

In order to assess suitability for this course, students should be a minimum of grade 4 on at least one instrument before starting the course and at least be working towards grade 5 theory. 

Assessment method

Coursework (non-examined assessment), 30%:

Students are required to complete two compositions which form 30% of the assessment. One of these must be comprised via a brief set by the exam board and the other is a free composition. They will also complete a solo and ensemble performance, together. 

is a free choice composition and the other has to be composed within an area of study stipulated by the exam board. Students will also complete a solo and ensemble performance worth 30% of the course in total.

Examination, 40%:

The remaining 40% of the course is assessed in the form of a listening and appraising examination at the end of Year 11. This will contain questions relating to set works students will have studied during the course as well as questions relating to unfamiliar pieces that test your broader knowledge and understanding. The questions are based around the four areas of study:

Area of study 1: Musical forms and devices
Area of study 2: Music for ensemble
Area of study 3: Film music
Area of study 4: Popular music

Post 16 opportunities and careers

This is the ideal course for those wishing to pursue a career in the Music Industry and is the perfect platform for further study at A levels and other vocational routes. 

Music qualifications give candidates the ability to apply to a wide range of careers including performing, theatre, recording, television, media, IT, education, business, banking, law and computing. 

The music course has been the best experience out of all my selected courses. I am glad and relieved that I selected to study it, it has exceeded my expectations. I have enjoyed developing my musicianship and discovering new musical traditions. Alan

Get in touch

For more information contact us.

Name: Mr James Wilder & Mr Luke Saint

Email: James.Wilder@lvs.ascot.sch.uk & Luke.Saint@lvs.ascot.sch.uk