Students in Year 7 study a range of topics and develop a breadth of skills in music:
In year 8 students:
Why study this subject?
Music is a very varied and exciting option to take. You will study a wide range of activities including performing, composing and learning about different styles of music. Studying music can give you a great mix of social, technical and business skills, which can all help in acquiring great employability skills. Furthermore, studies have shown that those who study music perform better in a variety of subjects, including maths, sciences, reading, and languages.
What will I learn?
You will acquire technical knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by exploring and developing musical skills and techniques, and by responding to a music industry brief. The main foci are:
How will I be assessed?
Regular feedback on your work will ensure you know how to improve your progress and attainment. You will always know what grade you are working at and how to improve your performance and progress. There are three assessments; all are coursework based and two of the components are assessed by your teacher and one is assessed externally. Your overall grade will reflect your combined achievement in the three assessments.
What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?
The successful completion of the course will lead to a qualification graded Pass, Merit or Distinction which is equivalent to a GCSE 9 - 4 grade, whilst the successful completion of the GCSE course
What can this qualification lead to afterwards?
A Music qualification will show employers you have a wide range of interests and skills, as well as demonstrating that you have shown dedication and commitment to learning a musical instrument and to studying music. Music can also help with confidence and performance skills needed in situations such as job interviews. Potential careers include performing, teaching, composing, working with film, TV, radio or computer games.
A good grade in your music qualification will support you in continuing with your music studies Post-16.
Where can I find out more about this qualification?
You can speak to Mr Jennings, Head of Music.