GCSE Music

Examination Board: OCR          

Specification code: J536

Why study Music?

If you sing or play a musical instrument, and compose your own songs (or would like to be able to do so), it makes sense to choose GCSE Music as an option. Not only do you get to spend several hours of lesson time a week doing something you enjoy, but you also end up with a qualification at the end!

Did you know that potential employers value a GCSE Music qualification because of the transferable skills involved, such as self-discipline and resilience (practising and rehearsing), self-confidence (performing in front of others), self-motivation and team work (when playing in bands/ensembles)? Research shows that making music helps young people maintain good mental health during a time of high pressure.

If you want a career in the Performing Arts, GCSE Music is a good subject to choose. Potential career pathways include Performing, Composing, Sound Engineering, Music Journalism, Music Publishing, Music Therapy (rehabilitation through music), Arts Administration and Audio Equipment Design.

Course Content:

In lessons you will be:

  • Developing your own performing skills, including understanding how to rehearse music on your own and in groups with others.
  • Learning skills to help you compose music of your own through the use of Music Technology.
  • Learning how to evaluate your own and others’ music.
  • Developing your understanding and appreciation of a range of different kinds of music.

Assessment Overview:

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