GCSE Music

GCSE Music allows you to study music through performing, composing and listening, with opportunities to use music technology. You will cover a wide range of genres, including classical, world and popular music. The course is flexible and caters for a wide range of musical interests. GCSE music is good preparation for further musical study, including IB Standard or Higher Level Music, A level Music or Music Technology.

There are three units:

Unit 1  Performing  30% 
Unit 2  Composing  30%
Unit 3 Listening and Appraising 40% 



By the end of the course each student is expected to have completed:

  • One solo performance
  • One ensemble performance



By the end of the course each student is expected to have completed:

  • Two original compositions, or
  • One original composition and one arrangement, or
  • Two arrangements


Listening and appraising

The unit content is divided into four Areas of Study, each of which contains three set works. These cover a wide range of musical styles and periods, including works by Handel, Mozart, Chopin, Schoenberg, Bernstein, Miles Davis and world music. Unit 3 is assessed through a 1hr30 written examination which is divided into sections A and B.


The examination board is Edexcel



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