Faculty of Music

Learning to be Extraordinary


The Music faculty pride ourselves in offering the highest quality Music provision in the classroom, through our peripatetic programme, and through our extra-curricular activities and events. In August 2017, 93% of our GCSE Music students achieved grades A*-C. A Level Music is also extremely successful and we have had a 100% Pass rate for 7 years.

Why Take Music?

Music is constantly evolving, inspiring creativity and expression in a way that no other subject can. Music is not just about performing; it is about composing, listening, appraising, and maybe one day producing the kind of music and songs that help others to find comfort and inspiration in their everyday lives.


In Year 7 student’s complete semesters on Performing in an Ensemble, World Music, Ground Bass Composition, and Popular Songs. In Year 8 student’s complete semesters on Freedom, Protest and Peace Songs, Film Music, Classical and Romantic Music, and Music and Identity. Through studying these topics students develop their performance skills, with a focus on singing, keyboard and guitar, as well as their composition, listening, and appraising skills. Students also develop their knowledge of music history and understanding of music theory and notation.



At Key Stage 4 we offer Edexcel GCSE Music and the RSL Level 2 Certificate in Performance for Music Practitioners.

Edexcel GCSE Music:
This course is designed to develop student’s skills in performing, composing, listening to, and appraising music. For their performance, students prepare and perform one solo piece and one group piece of music. For composition, students write two pieces of music, one in any style at all, and the other linked to a set brief. Students sit an exam at the end of the course where they answer questions on set works and unfamiliar music.  Students need to know how the music in the set works is constructed, how it creates mood and how its composer has used musical devices and elements such as melody, rhythm, harmony and structure.

RSL Level 2 Certificate in Performance:
This is a specialist music industry vocational qualification with a practical focus. The aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and range of skills needed to become a successful Music performer and producer. Students will specialise in a core unit of Live Music Performance. The course is equivalent to GCSE and fully accredited by OfQual and DfES.


At Sixth Form we offer BTEC Music Performance and AQA A Level Music.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music Performance is a relevant and contemporary qualification that gives you a broad overview of the Music sector. The course focuses around performance, and is perfect for students who love performing and creating their own music. Units of study include, Practical Music Theory and Harmony, Professional Practice in the Music Industry, Ensemble Music Performance, and Composing Music. The course will also allow you to develop a broad range of transferable and employability skills, including cognitive and problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills, and intrapersonal skills, preparing you for music at university, and for work in the music industry.

AQA A Level Music:
A Level Music offers students the chance to study a wide range of musical genres, bringing listening, performance and composition to life in new and engaging ways. For Component 1 students investigate 3 Areas of Study – AoS1 Western Classical Tradition 1650-1910, AoS2 Pop Music and AoS4 Music for Theatre, and are assessed on their listening skills, analysis and contextual understanding. For component 2 students perform a 10-minute recital as a soloist and/or as part of an ensemble. For Component 3 students write two pieces of music, one in any style at all, and the other linked to a set brief.


CSIA offers one-to-one instrumental lessons on a wide range of instruments including voice, piano, guitar, drums, brass, strings and woodwind. For more information and to sign up for lessons please click here: Google Form


All of our courses prepare students for music at university, and for work in the music industry. Below are just a few of the careers students can progress to.

Performer – TV and Film Composer – Music Producer – Sound Engineer – Musical Director – Music Teacher – Music Management – Music Therapist – Orchestra/Choir Performer – DJ – Music Journalist – Music Critic – Music Promoter – Venue Management – A&R Rep – Music Historian

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