Composition and Performance
Key Stage 3Key Stage 4

Computers are now part of everyday life and, for most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill that all pupils must learn if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in the digital world.

The new National Curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge, and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives.

Through the new programme of study for computing they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, they will develop their ideas using technology, and create a range of digital content.

Key Stage 3

Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils get the opportunity to perform, compose and listen to/appraise different genres of music. This is a practical course that dramatically improves many skills.

Year 7

Introduction to musical theory and the orchestra:

Pupils will learn to play the ukulele and will become familiar with the keyboard.
They will improve their singing skills and perform at both the Christmas and Easter concerts.
Includes a visit to watch the Halle Orchestra perform at the Bridgewater Hall.

Year 8

Introduction to more advanced musical theory:

Pupils will study world music and traditional music whilst continuing to improve their performing and composing skills.

Year 9

Pupils will learn to play in ensembles usually as part of a rock/pop band using music technology to compose music. They will learn how to use the bass/rhythm guitar, keyboards, drumkit and vocals.


Pupils will complete a baseline assessment at the beginning of each year and then receive both a formative assessment at the beginning and summative assessment at the end of each module to measure their progress.

Pupils do not receive homework in Music at Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Music

Pupils produce:

  • Two performances on chosen instrument (30%)
  • Two compositions

They will also study:

  • Western classical Tradition 1650 – present day
  • Popular Music
  • Traditional Music

Homework and School-based Assessments

Pupils will receive weekly homework consisting of exam-style questions related to content studied that week. They will also be assessed on their comprehension every half term in exam conditions and receive a grade per module.


Awarding Body: AQA

Component 1: Understanding Music
Assessment – Listening Examination (40%)

Component 2: Performing
Assessment – External Moderation (30%)

Component 3: Composing
Assessment – External Moderation (30%)

Further Study

The Music GCSE offers a wide range of experiences of performing, composing and listening. There are many courses, post GCSE, which allow you to specialise in any of these areas.

A Music GSCE could lead to working with Music Technology, professional performing, a composing job, work in a recording studio, music therapy and teaching.

Department Staff

Mrs A Bevan

Head of Music / Lead Tutor – Year 7

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