The GCSE music course will be following the WJEC EDUQAS course from September 2016. The WJEC Eduqas specification encourages an integrated approach to the three distinct disciplines of performing, composing and appraising through four interrelated areas of study.
Students will follow three components:
Component 1: Performing (30%)
Students are required to perform for 4-6 minutes on their main instrument as a soloist or ensemble or a mixture of both. This component forms part of the non-examined assessment (coursework).
Component 2: Composing (30%)
Students are required to compose two pieces lasting a total of 3-6 minutes. One composition is set to a brief from the exam board. This component forms part of the non-examined assessment (coursework).
Component 3: Appraising (40%)
Students will learn about the following 4 areas of study, developing their skills during project based work.
The four areas of study are designed to develop knowledge and understanding of music through the study of a variety of genres and styles in a wider context.
- The Western Classical Tradition forms the basis of Musical Forms and Devices
- Music for Ensemble
- Film Music
- Popular Music provide an opportunity to look at contrasting styles and genres of music from Rock and Pop, musicals and Bangra.
This component is assessed via a listening exam at the end of Year 11