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GCSE Eduqas Music 1-9

Curriculum Overview

The GCSE Music program encourages active participation and hands-on learning. Students will engage in performing, composing, and listening activities, allowing them to develop their musical skills and gain a deeper understanding of the creative processes behind music-making. They will also learn to appreciate and analyse music critically, exploring its cultural and historical significance.

The GCSE Music course not only equips students with a solid foundation in music but also develops valuable transferable skills, including teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. It opens up a wide range of future pathways, whether students aspire to pursue further education in music, explore a career in the music industry, or simply foster a lifelong love and appreciation for music.

How will I be assessed?

You will carry out tasks/assignments throughout the course. Your teacher will mark these, and so you will receive feedback as to how you are getting on.There are 3 components that you will be assessed on, these are as follows:

Component 1: Performing Component 2: Composing Component 3: Appraising
  • Total duration of performances: 4-6 minutes
  • Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally
    moderated
  • 30% of qualification
  • Total duration of performances: 4-6 minutes
  • Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally
    moderated
  • 30% of qualification
Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes (approximately)
40% of qualification

Important Overview Documents

Curriculum Rationale
Key Learning Steps
Year 10 Road Map
Year 11 Road Map

Modules

Component 1: Performing

You are encouraged to develop your knowledge and understanding of music through performing. You are required to perform a minimum of two pieces of which at least one must be as part of an ensemble performance lasting at least one minute. The other piece(s) may be performed either solo and/or as part of an ensemble. One piece must be linked to one of the four areas of study. The use of music technology and improvisation is accepted within both solo and ensemble performances.


Performance Assessment Criteria
Personal Learning Checklist

Component 2: Composing

You are encouraged to develop your knowledge and understanding of music through composing. You are required to create and develop musical ideas in relation to given and chosen briefs. You must submit two compositions with a total playing time of between 3-6 minutes.

Knowledge Organiser
Composing Assessment Criteria
Personal Learning Checklist

Component 3: Appraisal

This unit will assess knowledge and understanding of music through the following four areas of study: Musical Forms and Devices, Music for Ensembles, Film Music and Popular Music. You will develop knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical contexts and musical language.

Knowledge Organiser- Musical Forms and Devices
Knowledge Organiser- Music for Ensembles
Knowledge Organiser- Film Music
Knowledge Organiser- Popular Music
Knowledge Organiser- GCSE General Music Theory
Personal Learning Checklist
Practice Paper

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