GCSE Music

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The composing briefs are available to download from the secure website. Updated logs sheets and forms for both Composing and Performing are now available to download from this page.

Teaching: Sep 2016
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The Eduqas GCSE in Music offers a broad and coherent course of study which encourages learners to:

  • Engage actively in the process of music study
  • Develop performing skills individually and in groups to communicate musically with fluency and control of the resources used
  • Develop composing skills to organise musical ideas and make use of appropriate resources
  • Recognise links between the integrated activities of performing, composing and appraising and how this informs the development of music
  • Broaden musical experience and interests, develop imagination and foster creativity
  • Develop knowledge, understanding and skills needed to communicate effectively as musicians
  • Develop awareness of a variety of instruments, styles and approaches to performing and composing
  • develop awareness of music technologies and their use in the creation and presentation of music
  • Recognise contrasting genres, styles and traditions of music, and develop some awareness of musical chronology
  • Develop as effective and independent learners with enquiring minds
  • Reflect upon and evaluate their own and others’ music
  • Engage with and appreciate the diverse heritage of music, in order to promote personal, social, intellectual and cultural development.

The Eduqas music GCSE course encourages an integrated approach to the three distinct disciplines of performing, composing and appraising through four interrelated areas of study. 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 (area of study 1), and learners should take the opportunity to explore these forms and devices further in the other three areas of study. Music for Ensemble (area of study 2) allows learners to look more closely at texture and sonority. Film Music (area of study 3) and Popular Music (area of study 4) provide an opportunity to look at contrasting styles and genres of music.

There are no previous learning requirements for this specification. Any requirements set for entry to a course based on this specification are at the school/college’s discretion. This specification builds on subject content which is typically taught at key stage 3 and provides a suitable foundation for the study A level music.


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WJEC/Eduqas GCSE Music 978-1-908682-92-5




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Key Dates
Component 1 Performing: Deadline for submission via Surpass
Component 2 Composing: Deadline for submission via Surpass
Component 3 Appraising: Examination Date Monday 17th June 2024 (PM)