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Key Stage 4

Music in Year's 10 & 11

Key Stage 4 Overview

The pupils who will complete their GCSE Music in 2017 are studying the AQA GCSE Music. Thereafter all pupils will study the WJEC Eduquas GCSE Music Syllabus. This is a new specification which will assessed for the first time in 2018.

The course is organised as follows;

Component one

Performing music ( at least two pieces )                                                                30%

Component two Composing Music (two  pieces, one to a brief set by the exam board)     30%
Component three

Listening to music ( a written exam paper testing appraisal skills and knowledge of music theory)     40%

 

The components are organised into four areas of study;

Area of study one Musical forms and devices
Area of study two Music for ensemble
Area of study three Film music
Area of study four Popular music

Pupils will be required to study two set musical works.

  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (3rd movement) – by Mozart ( relating to area of study one)
  • Since You’ve Been Gone – by Rainbow (relating to area of study four)

    The complete syllabus, mark schemes and exemplar examination material for the new specification can be found at;

    www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/music/gcse

Year 10 Music Overview

Term 1

Components 1,2 & 3

‘Basic Music Theory’

  • Applying techniques in performance and composition exercises

Showing evidence of understanding in listening and appraising exercises

Term 2

Component 1 : Practice Performance

Component 2: Techniques of composition course and practice controlled assessment

Component 3: Area of Study 1-‘Musical Forms and Devices’

Term 3

Component 2: Candidates will complete first composition controlled assessment (15%)

Component 3: Area of Study 2-‘Music for Ensemble’


Year 11 Music Overview

Term 1

Component 1: Candidates will complete both performance controlled assessments (30%)

Component 3: Area of Study 3 – ‘Film Music'

                           Area of Study 4 – Popular Music’

Term 2

Component 2: Candidates will complete their second composition controlled assessment (15%)

Component 3: Revision of all four areas of study and practice for the listening exam.

Term 3

Component 3: Revision of all four areas of study and practice for the listening exam.The listening exam will be sat in May or June of Year 11.