St. Mary's


Assessment Structure

60% Coursework

Component 1: Performing Music – 30% Two performances:
Solo and Ensemble

Component 2 – Composing Music – 30% Two compositions:
Free composition and Composing to a Brief

40% Examination

Component 3 – Appraising Music Written exam:
Listening paper

Course Description

GCSE music is an exciting and wide-ranging course with a large focus on the three main disciplines of performing, composing and appraising. This course helps to develop students into well-rounded accomplished musicians. Students can choose to perform on any instrument, including voice, and they can compose in a variety of musical styles. The appraising section of the music GCSE course involves studying two set musical pieces in preparation for an exam. In the exam, students will also be asked questions about unfamiliar musical pieces in a wide-range of musical styles. Students may want to study music so they can combine their hobby with GCSE study to explore music in detail and create music in a practical setting.

Future Opportunities

Music GCSE should encourage a life-long interest in music and help prepare students for future study beyond Year 11. Studying music can help to develop many skills including creativity, communication skills, dedication, focus and selfdiscipline. These are all highly valued in higher education and in the work place. GCSE music does not limit you to a career in one particular field and can open up an array of opportunities. It is a fascinating subject to study which is extremely beneficial and rewarding.