Key Stage 4 Curriculum

064 Hurst 

Areas of study -

  • Music for stage and screen

  • Instrumental music 1700 - 1820

  • Vocal music - bands

  • Fusions - jazz/fusion/world music

GCSE music is an interesting, practical and challenging course.  It is strongly recommended that pupils have some for of extra instrumental lesson, which can be provided from Hampshire Music Service at school or privately, because the performance element of this course is demanding.

Its is suggested that pupils take part in one of the School's Music Ensembles to help them develop their ensemble skills.


Composing (30%)  This section is made up of two compositiions, both original pieces of music , one set to a brief from the exam board and the other free choice.

Performing (30%)  This section is made up of two recorded performances on pupils' specialist instrument or voice, completed in controlled conditions. There is a requirement to have a minimum of a 4 minute performance.

Listening Paper (40%) This will comprise of a written examination paper, which will be sat in the summer of Year 11.  The paper will test the pupil's understanding of music studies throughout the course.

Career opportunities and progression routes

Music is a highly regarded subject by employers as it develops a range of skills such as logical thinking, communication and team work.  Music also improves confidence and develops problem solving.  Pupils who have taken GCSE have continued on to -

Further AS/A Level in Music Technology /Music

BTEC Performing Arts

Professional Musician 

Orchestral Musician

Session Musician

Working in recording studios - mixing and recording musicians work.

Music Teacher - either classroom or private peripatetic lessons

Music Therapist - working with disabled childen/adults through music as a therapy and form of communication