Miss K Pugh (HOD), Mrs R Ramskir (i/c Music Technology)
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
In Years 7 and 8 all students follow a broad curriculum covering a wide range of musical styles and genres. They develop musical understanding through the study of different musical styles and genres. They evaluate their own work and that of others. Music develops the Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills through a practically based course. All Key Stage 3 students are encouraged to take part in the many musical extra-curricular activities on offer and all Year 7 students are expected to attend at least one of these activities during the course of the year to develop as a musician with others from various year groups.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
In Year 9 all students who enjoy music are able to select this subject for their one-year option. Students are encouraged to learn an instrument to develop their performing skills further. The course includes a project on a solo artist/group of the students' choice, attendance at concerts as an audience member, group and solo performances to their class and in a more formal concert setting if they so wish. All Arts Award students are encouraged to be involved in the choir and orchestra, and perform as part of these groups in concerts.
At GCSE level students follow the Edexcel Examination Syllabus and further develop their musical understanding through developing skills on an instrument of their choice or voice. They perform as a soloist and as part of an ensemble both in the context of the classroom and through concert performances. Two compositions are produced during the course. The examination is based on 12 extracts from set works which are studied throughout the course. All GCSE students are encouraged to participate in the Choir and Orchestra.
BTEC Level 2 in Music
BTEC students follow the Edexcel Examination syllabus completing four modules for the Extended Certificate. They develop their performing skills both as a Soloist and as part of an Ensemble monitoring this professional development through a self-designed plan. Performances are in the College concert calendar which includes designated BTEC evenings. Students also learn about working in the Music Industry and produce a case study of someone who has succeeded in a profession in Music.