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Music GCSE at Shenley Brook End School

Course description

Music at GCSE consists of three main components - performance, composition and listening/appraising. To gain Grade A at GCSE you will need to be about grade 3 standard by the end of the course. You do not need to be an experienced musician to do well at GCSE but you will need reasonable keyboard skills if you do not play another instrument. Performance (30%) Candidates are required to perform one solo piece that is recorded, internally assessed and externally moderated. This is worth 15% of the exam. Candidates are also expected to perform on their chosen instrument throughout the course. They will perform two pieces, one of which is one of their compositions and the other is a group performance. One of these two pieces is recorded. This is also internally assessed and externally moderated and is also worth 15%. Composition (30%) Candidates compose two pieces of music based on different areas of study. One of these must be performed as part of the performance paper. Each composition is worth 15% of the exam. You will learn to use the computer programs and associated music technology equipment to enable you to produce professional sounding music and scores. Listening/Appraising (40%) This is a written paper of 1 hours . Candidates are to answer questions on all four areas of study. This exam is externally assessed. The areas of study are as follows: Classical Music 1600-1899; Classical Music 1900-present day; Popular Song; and World music. Coursework - 60% and listening exam - 40%.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in Music or Performing Arts or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification. With further training, you could go into a job related to music and the performing arts such as a Teacher or Musician or you may wish to pursue a career in the production of music. You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shenley Brook End School directly.

Last updated date: 09 August 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years