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Exam Board: Edexcel
This is a vocational course comprising four units, one of which is externally assessed. Learners embark on a journey of skills development, ranging from individual and group performance skills to composing their own music. The course is largely practical and does not necessarily require a high level of skill on an instrument.
Assessment:75% coursework. 25% exam.
Term 1-2: World music, performing and composing, African drumming
Term 3-4: Basic keyboard skills, performing and reading basic notation, elements of music
Term 5-6: Minimalism, composing skills, improvisation skills
Term 1-2: World music, performing and composing, Gamelan
Term 3-4: Ukuleles, instrumental skills, working as an ensemble, performing and composing skills and notation
Term 5-6: Composing and performing skills, elements of music, moods, Film music
Skill based year. Pupils work on performance skills and building up confidence. Begin going through material for Unit 1 examination.
Term 1: Building up confidence and ensemble skills
Term 2: Unit 5 - Introducing Music Performance
Term 3: Unit 5 - Introducing Music Performance
Term 4: Unit 1 - The Music Industry
Term 5: Unit 5 - Introducing Music Performance
Term 6: All units: to improve grades
Unit 1: The Music Industry will be taught throughout the year, with a specific focus during term 4.
Revision guides are created by the music department staff and distributed to pupils on the GCSE course.
OSL runs an individually arranged times with students. There are a variety of clubs on offer. Details are available on Tutor noticeboards or from the Music Department.