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Music, IBO Higher Level Certificate (Level 3) at Wrotham School

Course description

This is a two year course: Higher Level is the equivalent of one A level and Standard Level is the equivalent of one half A level. This can be taken in a combination with other level 3 courses (including A level, IB and vocational).

If taken in combination with one other IB course AND either :

  • two vocational courses OR
  • one vocational and one A level

students will be taking the IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Pathway).

Course content

Unit 1: Music perception:

Study, analysis and examination, comparing and contrasting of musical cultures

(compulsory for SL and HL students)

Unit 2 (internal assessment)

Internal assessment consists, at HL, of a) Creating, and b) Solo performing. At SL students choose one option from among the following: a) Creating (SLC), b) Solo performing (SLS), c) Group performing (SLG).


The development of creative skills through exploration, control and development of musical elements. The following options are available: composing, music technology composing, arranging, improvising, stylistic techniques (compulsory for HL and SLC* students only)

Solo performing:

The development of performance skills through solo music making
(compulsory for HL and SLS* students only)

Group performing:

The development of performance skills through group music making
(compulsory for SLG* students only)


Entry requirements

GCSE music: grade 6 or above OR BTEC music: Distinction grade


Listening examination - 30% (examination)

Musical links investigation - 20% (controlled assessment)

Creating & Performing - 50% (coursework)

Future opportunities

The IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Pathway) is globally recognised and accepted by universities around the world. Some competitive university courses ask for specific IB subjects to have been studied as part of the Baccalaureate programme of study. We recommend that you research current grade requirements for that subject on and filter for the International Baccalaureate. 

Further information

As with any level 3 qualification, there is an increased demand for students to work independently. Students, therefore, must expect to study outside of lesson time and will be expected to work for approximately five hours a week outside of lessons in order to complete the work to the required grades for most universities and higher apprenticeships.

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: 06 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: Mu
  • Number of planned places: 20