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Music at Oaklands Catholic School

Course description

The study of Music will enable students to:

  • extend the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to communicate through music and take part in music making
  • engage in and extend their appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, promoting spiritual and culture development
  • develop particular strengths and interests encouraging life-long learning and providing access to music related careers

Course content

Solo and ensemble performances are assessed in Unit 1 and 4 but are likely to take place right across the course.

The majority of the work is based around practical tasks that often incorporate integrated activities based around performing, composing and listening. Some research and study is necessary in certain areas of particular styles of music with emphasis on what you hear and see rather than historical content.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths.
  • GCSE grade B in Music is essential.


Unit 1 - Performing 30%

  • Performance can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music using music technology.
  • The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 8 minutes.

Unit 2 - Composing 30%

  • Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by the board and one either free composition or also to a brief.
  • Total time across both submissions must be a minimum of 6 minutes.

Unit 3 - Appraising 40%

Development of aural perception of various styles of music The study of particular music genres.


  • 1. Listening examination . Areas of Study and Dictation
  • 2. Extended response
  • Two essay questions – essay one (20 marks) and essay two (30 marks). Both based on Set Works.

Future opportunities

An advanced level in music is desirable in order to gain entry to University, Music College or a College of Higher Education in order to obtain a qualification for a career in music or the performing arts.

The disciplined and self-disciplined nature of the study of music makes musicians highly sought after for a wide ranging variety of careers. However, it is very relevant to the careers involving the performing arts, music therapy, teaching and the commercial music
business throughout the world.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaklands Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016

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