Head of Dept: Dr D Collins

Staff in department

Miss A Hughes, Dr D Collins

A Level

  • A level exam board: CCEA
Module% of AS or
A2 grade
How is it assessed?Module Title
AS Module 132.5%Solo Performance of 5 to 7 minutes and a viva voce, visiting examinerPerforming
AS Module 232.5%Composition of 1½ to 2½ minutes, 1000 word commentary.
Internal assessment external moderation
AS Module 335%1 hour test of aural perception 2 hour written examinationResponding to Music
A2 Module 160%Solo or ensemble performance options, visiting examiner Compositions options, externally assessedMaking and Appraising Music
A2 Module 240%1 hour test of aural perception 1½ hour written examinationResponding to Music


GCSE% of GCSE gradeHow is it assessed?Unit title
Unit 130%Composition portfolio of 3 to 6 minutes, internally assessed externally moderatedComposing and Appraising
Unit 235%Solo and ensemble performance and viva voce, visiting examinerPerforming and Appraising
Unit 335%Two 45 minute tests of aural perceptionListening and Appraising

KS3: Brief topic overview

Year 8
(i) music notation, (ii) ensemble performance, (iii) iPad performance, (iv) guided listening, (v) performing a sing cover, (vi) musical instruments.

Year 9
(i) performing and chords on iPads (ii) Irish traditional music (iii) covers and arrangements (iv) repeating patterns in music, (v) electronic music, (vi) group song composition.

Year 10
(i) Four-chord songs, (ii) Careers and music media, (iii) recording and sound effects (iv) composing with chords (v) research projects (vi) composing soundtracks.