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Music (Mu)

Exam board and Specification: WJEC, GCSE Music C660QS


  • 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 on 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.


  • Component 1: Performing – 30% of GCSE course.
  • Component 2: Composing – 30% of GCSE course.
  • Component 3: Appraising – 40% of GCSE course.


  • Component 1: Performance – One solo and one ensemble piece lasting between last 4 - 6 minutes in total.  It is marked in school and externally moderated. Performances must be grade 3 equivalent and performances can be voice, instrumental or DJ ing
  • Component 2: Composition - Two compositions, lasting 3 – 6 minutes combined duration. One composition to a brief set by the exam board and one free composition. You may compose using Sibelius or Garage Band.
  • Component 3: Appraising – The exam has questions of multiple choice, one word answers and essay questions based on the two set works set by the exam board and on general music knowledge.
  • Areas of study:

1 – Musical forms and devises

2 – Music for Ensemble

3 – Film music

4 – Popular music


  • Regular instrumental practice is an ongoing expectation as homework.
  • Written activities based on the set works and their contexts.
  • Theory based tasks aimed at building knowledge of musical features and knowledge of rhythm, harmony and notations.
  • Participation in lunchtime concerts and concerts throughout the year.

For further information contact: Miss Gukato 

Teaching methods used

  • The course is taught through practical exploration.  This will help students understand how to compose, listen and perform confidently. 
  • Small composition and performance tasks will be given to link to each area of study to help students link the three areas of the course together.

Careers This Subject Leads Onto

  • Teaching, music management
  • Foley artist
  • Film composer
  • Session musician, performing in orchestras or bands,
  • Peripatetic instrumental teaching, Music Acoustical Engineering and much more