GCSE Music

GCSE Music - AQA

Why Choose Music:

Do you play a musical instrument or sing?

Do you enjoy listening to music?

Do you enjoy being creative?

Are you interested in how the music that you like has evolved and how it is made?

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, then GCSE Music would be an excellent choice for you.  You do not need to be able to play a musical instrument to take this course but as long as you are prepared to sing you can take music.

The GCSE Music course is made up of 3 units:

Performing (40%)

For this part of the course you need to perform two pieces - one piece by yourself and one as part of a group.  They are each worth 20% of your GCSE.  You can perform any piece that you choose, on any instrument and in any style.  You may also attempt this as many times as you like until you are happy with your performance.

Composing (40%)

For this part of the course you will write two pieces of music, each one being worth 20% of your final mark.  You can write these for any combination of instruments.

Listening Exam (20%)

Over the 2 years of the course you will learn all about music from 1600 right up to the present day.  The exam is an hour long and will require you to identify features of a variety of pieces of music that you hear.

Assessment Format

80% of the course is done in the classroom (2 performances and 2 compositions).  These are marked by your teachers and moderated by AQA.

Possible careers and further education

As well as any career involving Music (such as performing and teaching), you can also go into the recording industry or the film industry.  You could go into the Music Technology side of the subject, looking at microphones, recording techniques, DJ techniques and remixes to name but a few.  GCSE Music shows potential colleges and employers that you are creative, that you have the discipline required to learn an instrument and that you work well both individually and as part of a team.  These skills often makes you attractive to future employers even if your chosen subject is not directly associated with Music.