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Type of course:   GCSE AQA
How is the course assessed?
A listening examination paper worth 40% of GCSE marks with listening exercises and written questions on two set works.
A solo performance and an ensemble performance (30% of GCSE)
A composition to a brief and a free composition (30% of GCSE)
What topics/ units will you study?
Understanding music 
Performing music 
Composing music
Who would this course suit? What skills do you need ?
Someone with an interest in a wide range of music and different styles. Students must have experience playing an instrument/singing. Extra rehearsals is a must and an ability to work well both practically and theoretically.
What trips/ activities will you be involved in?
Music trips 
Theatre Trips
School concerts and shows 
Working with professionals.
Recording and editing
What college courses/job opportunities would this help you follow in the future?
A Level music, Level 3 music courses in music technology.
Jobs in teaching, composing, working as a musician, songwriter, and a member of a band, producer and music engineer.
How will this course help you to get a job?
As well as learning music skills the GCSE also offers the opportunity to build your confidence, show your commitment by attending rehearsals and practising, becoming a team worker and having a creative approach to situations. Project based learning may also require you to work with professionals in the industry.
Who can you speak to for more information or if you have any questions?
Mr Asher 0Mu1. Remember that to take music you must be able to sing or play an instrument at a basic level. 
What do students who are currently studying this subject think?
"It's really enjoyable, I like the practical lessons."
Year 10 student

"I like that we have freedom to be creative, and create our own music."           Year 11 student