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GCSE Music

Students learn how to investigate, analyse and evaluate music and its features.

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Exam Board: Edexcel


At Bosworth, we follow the Edexcel Syllabus. This has a straightforward three engaging components, assessed through practical performances, compositions and one externally examined paper.

Course Content

In performance, the student submits a solo performance of at least one-minute duration plus an ensemble performance of at least one minute. Both can comprise of one or more pieces of the students choice. This is 30% of the qualification., receiving 60 marks.

There are two compositions, one is a freestyle and the in response to a brief set by the examining board. These can be for any instrument or IT each lasting for one minute. This is 30% of the qualification worth 60 marks.

The written appraising exam covers music from 1700-1820, studying such historic works as Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 5 and Beethoven Pathetique piano sonata. Then moving into the exciting realm of vocal music with Purcell and Queen. From here it is a short step to Music for stage and screen with Wicked and Star Wars, ending with fusion music mixing African with Celtic and Samba with Jazz. This 1hour 45minute paper is 40% of the exam and worth 80 marks.

In this GCSE students learn how to investigate, analyse and evaluate music and its features. They will learn how to perform, compose and appreciate different types of music, developing critical and creative thinking, encouraging a more holistic view of their knowledge. This content also allows students to develop their knowledge and skills in music, enabling them to progress into both AS and A level qualification in music.

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