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Key Stage 4 GCSE Music

The GCSE course is a progression from Key Stage 3 and it is expected that the candidates’ skills, knowledge and understanding will be at a more advanced level.

Specification Aims

  •  To encourage students to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent,
  • To satisfying and worthwhile course of study
  • To develop broader life skills and attributes, including critical and creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity, emotional awareness, cultural understanding, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-motivation
  • To enable students to engage actively in the study of music
  • To develop musical skills and interests, including the ability to make music individually and in groups
  • To enable students to understand and appreciate a range of different kinds of music.

Specification Features

  • It is flexible and encourages the use of a diversity of approaches when teaching music
  • It offers a broad range of Areas of Study
  • The Areas of Study now include set works that will remain in place throughout the life of the specification
  • It allows the use of music technology in performance and as a compositional tool
  • It is good preparation for further musical study and provides a foundation for Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE in Music and Music Technology
  • It encourages students to evaluate their own and others’ music
  • It encourages students to become effective and independent learners and critical and reflective thinkers.

Scheme of Assessment

The Scheme of Assessment consists of one tier covering the whole ability range. Grades G to A* are assessed.

The assessment consists of:

  1. A listening question paper
  2. Two coursework components – Performing and Composing


Differentiation in the listening examination will be achieved by setting questions which are designed to assess candidates at the appropriate levels of ability and which are intended to allow all candidates to demonstrate what they know, understand and can do.

Differentiation in coursework will be achieved by task and outcome.

Awarding of Grades

The listening examination paper will have weighting of 40% and the coursework a weighting of 60%.

Candidates’ marks for the listening examination paper will be combined with the marks for the coursework in the appropriate weightings to give their final total mark. This final mark will determine each candidates’  final grade.


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