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Project Description
Exam Board: Edexcel
About The Subject:


This qualification has a straightforward structure with three engaging components, assessed through practical performances, compositions and one externally examined paper.

Provides a real music focus – the key content of musical elements, contents and language are taught through the Areas of Study and set work to show real examples of how these are used within different types of music.

Holistic understanding of music – students investigate, analyse and evaluate music and its features. Building on this, and by using practical methods, they are encouraged to take a more holistic view of their knowledge, performance and compositional skills.

Breadth and depth – the set works enable students to conduct in depth studies into different musical styles and genres, and place these within a wider context

Diverse musical heritage – students will learn to perform, compose and appreciate different types of music, developing critical and creative thinking, cultural, aesthetic and emotional awareness, and the ability to make music individually and as part of a group.

Continuous progression – the content builds on the understanding developed at KS4, avoiding unnecessary repetition while also ensuring that learners new to the subject are appropriately supported.

Progression to Higher Education – the content allows students to develop their knowledge and skills of music, enabling them to progress into undergraduate music or music related degree courses

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Assessment: Listening, analysis and essay writing.  External examination and teacher assessment.
College Entry Requirements: Minimum of 5 good grades at GCSE, including English and maths at a strong pass.
Subject Specific Requirements: Ideally, a GCSE in music and grade 4-5 standard on an instrument and grade V in theory is preferred.
Career Links: Teaching. Professional musician.