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Music (GCSE) at Graham School Science and Arts College

Course description

Students in year ten and eleven will follow the AQA Music specification. The course has now been modernised and is supportive of the students' ICT music technological abilities, as well as the more traditional roles. The course is split into 4 units as follows: Unit 1 : Listening to and Appraising Music 42701 (written paper - 1 hour - 80 marks - 20%) Unit 2 : Composing and Appraising Music 42702 (externally assessed - 40 marks - 20%) Unit 3 : Performing Music 42703 (Controlled Assessment - 60 marks - 40%) Unit 4 : Composing Music 42704 (Controlled Assessment - 30 marks - 20%) There will be five areas of study for the units which are: Rhythm & Metre Harmony & Tonality Texture & Melody Timbre & Dynamics Structure & Form These will be explored by studies in : A) The Western Classical Tradition B) Popular Music of the 20th & 21st centuries C) World Music This new specification is very exciting indeed, as the Examination Board has now recognised that performances can be completed by means of ICT as well as traditional instruments. The GCSE course has now become an extension of the Graham School KS3 studies and is therefore accessible to all students who have been successful in their studies thus far. The GCSE Music course would be suitable for any student with a genuine interest in music and with a future ambition to have a career in education, the performing arts, the music industry, music therapy etc.

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 Graham School Science and Arts College directly.

Last updated date: 11 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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