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Music GCSE at Christ The King College

Course description

If you enjoy performing music in your own time and are learning an instrument, having singing lessons or enjoy creating music on computers or in a recording studio, then this is a good subject to choose! If you would like to create music of your own, then composing will give you the opportunity. If you want to broaden your knowledge of all types of music, including classical, popular, electronic and world, then this exciting course will give you an appreciation of the diversity of musical styles that exist today.

Course content

You will be encouraged to experiment with various types of composition technique and given the opportunity to use computers as well as your chosen instrument to do this. You will hone your performing and listening skills throughout the course and learn about modern recording techniques.
This is a very practical, but also academically challenging course for students who like music and particularly for anyone who plays a musical instrument, enjoys singing, or has an interest in music technology.

Entry requirements

You must be able to play a musical instrument or be able to sing (and be prepared to take lessons) if you are to complete all parts of the course satisfactorily. Students also need to be prepared to participate in at least one extra-curricular Music group, band or choir.


Performing 30% - You will submit a recording of one solo piece and one ensemble piece in April 2016.

Composing 30% - You will submit recordings and scores/ commentaries of two compositions in April 2016.

Listening & Appraising 40% - You will sit a 90 minute written paper, in May 2015, with questions on the twelve prescribed set works. Questions such as these are asked: ‘At the end of the extract, what key does the piece modulate back into?’ ‘What word describes a repeated pattern?’ ‘This theme is shared between two instrumental families. What are they?’

Future opportunities

This course is well regarded by universities and further education. It may lead on to studying AS level Music and/ or AS Level Music Technology. Students may also progress to National Diplomas in these subjects, or perhaps Performing Arts and Production Arts National Diplomas. In the world of work there is the opportunity to become a performer, composer, sound designer, sound engineer, teacher, writer or journalist, or work in arts administration. Skills developed in the course that are useful are listening, leadership, team-working, problem solving, as well as interpersonal and communication skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years