Why Music?

Music pervades life and is all-encompassing. The Music curriculum helps students develop, engages them creatively and challenges them in an intellectual sense. We intend to unlock our students’ potential through Music and instil a genuine love of the subject through listening, composition, performing and analysing music from a wide range of styles and cultures helping students develop a greater sense of appreciation of the power of music throughout the world. It supports the development of a range of transferable skills such as, communication, memory skills, creativity, collaboration and problem solving that students can employ in their next steps whether that be Higher Education or employment.

What will I study?

Year 12

Listening and appraising – studying Western Classical Music 1650-1910

Performing skills

Composing skills


Year 13

Listening and appraising – studying two (teacher choice) topics from:

Pop music
Music for media
Music for theatre
Art music since 1910 and Contemporary traditional music

• Performing for ten minutes. standard required by the end of year 13 will be grade 7.

• Composing to a set brief and a free brief

• Performance is worth 35% and composition is worth 25% of the total marks. The written exam is 40% of the qualification.

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.