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Music GCSE at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

What is GCSE Music? The course aims to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of music through an active involvement in the three musical activities: - Listening - Performing - Composing It also aims to develop sensitivity towards music through personal experience by the exercise of imagination and the acquisition of skills and knowledge. Music and the National Curriculum Music is an optional subject in Years 10 and 11. Syllabus The syllabus followed is AQA 4270 It is a particularly flexible course aimed at all pupils and it is organised in three main strands. Listening Through listening to a wide range of styles (including world and popular music) pupils develop aural awareness, discrimination and analytical skills. Performing Pupils choose to record their best two performances which are then assessed as part of this coursework. Composing Pupils submit recordings of two representative examples of their composition work based on specific areas of study covered during the course. Skills A large proportion of the syllabus is assessed from on-going coursework activities. Pupils will be expected to: - record a minimum of two compositions per term; - perform, (in either solo or group formation), a minimum of two pieces per term. Pupils will also be expected to attend trips to concerts arranged by the music department and to take part in school concerts when appropriate. Examination structure Listening This consists of a written paper linked to musical examples recorded on CD. The answer papers are marked externally. Total: 20% Coursework Performing This is assessed internally and externally moderated. Total: 40% Coursework Composing This is assessed internally and externally moderated Total: 20% Integrated Assignment: Composition This is externally assessed as part of the terminal examination. Total: 20% Is there any coursework? Yes, both the Performance and the Composition units are coursework based. Homework Homework in this subject will involve developing composing assignments and practising for performances Pupils will be expected to adhere to the strict deadlines and extra-curricular time should be set aside for completing and recording course work. Teaching groups The teaching groups are mixed ability. Increasing understanding GCSE Music pupils are usually involved in the many extra-curricular music activities which flourish within the college, taking part in concerts and other public performances. Pupils can also broaden their listening by attending the trips to concert performances during the year.

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

Contact Enquiries for further information. Delivery: Usually as part of a full-time programme

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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