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GCSE Music

Level: 2 (Grades 9 to 1)

Exam Board: Edexcel


What Will I Learn?

GCSE music supports students in forming personal and meaningful relationships with music through the development of musical knowledge, understanding and skills including performing, composing and appraising. This course encourages students to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of music and musical contexts, develop an understanding of the place of music in different cultures and contexts, and reflect on how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities.


 How Will I Learn?

GCSE music students are given instrumental lessons by the music department to aid them in developing their performance skills. In music lessons students will be taught about a variety of musical styles and genres through a wide range of activities. They will also enhance their composition skills through creative tasks and analytical study.


 How Will I Be Assessed?

The GCSE coursework consists of two performances and two compositions. The performances (one solo and one ensemble) should total at least 4 minutes, and each should be no less than one minute long. One composition is set by the exam board, for the second composition the pupil is free to choose the style. Each should be no less than one minute, with a combined length of at least 3 minutes.

At the end of the course students will sit a 1hr 45min exam based on music from the areas of study and unfamiliar pieces.


 Where Might It Lead?

Universities value Music as a qualification as it demonstrates students’ dedication, commitment and organisational skills. Future careers could include Performing, Composing, Music production (including film or radio), Events management and teaching. Music GCSE is a strong qualification to have alongside other academic subjects and so is beneficial whichever career path you chose to follow.