Examination Board:  AQA


Years 12 and 13

  • Western classical tradition 1650–1910
  • Pop music
  • Music for media
  • Music for theatre
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary traditional music
  • Art music since 1910
  • Performance
  • Composition


Skills gained/developed

Year 12 / Year 13

  • Listen and Appraising
  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Production


Assessment Methods

Coursework 60%

Listening and Appraising exam 40%

35%: Performance as a soloist and/or groups lasting a minimum of 10 minutes

25%: Composing 2 pieces of music one from a brief and one free composition.


Written exam on all areas of study

Grade 6 in GCSE Music

It is possible to study music at degree level.  Music is a good choice for students wanting a career in performing, teaching, administration, conducting, composing, recording engineer, managing, promoting, or music publishing. Careers in digital media such as social media, PR, technology, label services, ticketing and merchandising are also a possibility. It is also common to find music graduates in consultancy, finance, banking, music therapy and legal jobs.

Studying music gives you essential skills for employability such as problem solving, research, planning, analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as developing your creativity