Music GCSE

Music GCSE 2022-05-05T09:31:46+00:00
Student playing the violin

Music GCSE

You should choose Music if:

  • You enjoy singing, playing instruments, performing and listening to music
  • You enjoy composing your own music, e.g. songwriting and want to develop these skills
  • You are keen to discover and experiment with different musical sounds, genres and cultures from bhangra, salsa and disco to the traditions of western classical music
  • You wish to extend on your performance skills as an individual and as part of an ensemble
  • You may be interested in a musical career; teaching, lecturing, a musician (singer/instrumentalist), management, recording, producing, concert promoting


The possible careers after GCSE Music are: BBC Radio Presenter, Music Publisher and Editor, Producer, Recording Studio Manager, Researcher and a Film Music Technician.

The Course

During the course you will:

  • Receive free one to one lessons with a professional musician on the instrument of your choice for the duration of the course. This will support the performance and composition aspects of the course
  • Perform on your own and as part of a group/ensemble
  • Produce two recorded compositions
  • Develop appreciation for many types of music
  • Attend concerts and further your listening repertoire to all styles of music
  • Show a real commitment and enthusiasm for the subject

The themes include: Film, Music, Pop History, Rhythms of the World and Concerto Through Time and we will be following the OCR syllabus at GCSE Level.

How will you be assessed?

This will consist of:
Component 160%NEA (Non-Examination Assessment)This component involves performance and composition using either a musical instrument of your choice or your voice.
Component 240%Listening examinationThis component is a one hour paper based around some of the following musical genres: Film Music, Pop Music, Rhythms of the World and Concerto Through Time