GCSE Music



Qualification: GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

Tier of Entry: Single

(Optional Subject)


Music GCSE offers students the chance to study a wide range of musical genres, with many opportunities for practical learning. The course brings theory, listening and composition to life in engaging ways, and links to the world around us and values all music styles, skills and instruments ensuring that all students are able to express themselves. Throughout, students will explore their different learning styles and music tastes in order to enhance their personal development and creativity. The course supports progression to further and higher education in music and related subjects, and provides all students with a platform to inspire a lifelong interest and enjoyment of music. Students will develop their understanding of music as well as explore the roles of a performer and composer.


Course Content and Assessment:

Component 1: Understanding music (40%) – 96 marks


Component 2: Performing music (30%) - 72 marks


Component 3: Composing music (30%) – 72 marks


Further information can be found on the AQA website:




Written evaluative and reflective homework at KS4 is set once a fortnight during theory lessons in Years 9 and 10. In Year 11, research and revision homework tasks are set in addition to the written evaluations. Homework tasks will also include exam practice questions and on-going documentation of the composition.



Pupils are advised to buy the CGP GCSE Music AQA 9-1 Complete Revision and Practice book (these are available from the department at cost price of £6).

Please note if you are in receipt of, or have recently been in receipt, of Free School Meals, these resources will be provided for free.

The Music page on the BBC Bitesize website is also very useful:




The study of GCSE Music develops self-confidence, creativity and ensemble skills as well as supporting the development of communication and self-discipline. It enables students to continue studying at post-16 level in a range of courses including A Level Music, Music Technology and Performing Arts BTEC.

At university level, students may study a degree in Music, Musical Theatre, Music and Sound Technology and many more.



Studying GCSE Music can lead to a variety of careers including:

                              For more details, please email the Head of Department, Ms Clarke at ClarkeV@bp.lewisham.sch.uk                                              or Mr N Coke at CokeN@bp.lewisham.sch.uk