Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.


Mr J. Harrison – Head of Music



Year 7:

Introduction to playing the keyboard.

Musical styles

Rhythm Notation

Group Singing Performance

The Great Composers

Instruments of the Orchestra

Skills development on a choice of instruments (piano, guitar, bass guitar, drum kit, voice)


Year 8:

Introduction to Jazz and World Music

Skills Development

Composing and Performing in a group

Music Notation


Year 9:

Skills Development

Performance technique

Composition using ICT (Cubase)

Song Writing



Year 10:


Edexcel BTEC Music First Certificate

BTEC Music can be very rewarding and is a great chance to develop on your chosen instrument (Bass Guitar, Drums, Guitar, Piano or Vocals). There are many opportunities for group projects and performances. Computer software is used heavily to enhance composition. The course promotes an independent approach with learners working to their strengths and setting their own agenda as much as possible. No prior knowledge, understanding or skills are necessary but regular access to your main instrument outside of lessons is vital.


 The Music Industry Unit is assessed by an externally set exam at the end of the year 10. The remaining units are based purely on coursework. The achievement of the BTEC First Certificate has the equivalence of 1 GCSE graded A*-C.

Course Description

 BTEC Music gives a practical understanding of the skills and knowledge needed for a career in the music industry. The qualification consists of the following units:

Core Units

Assessment method

The Music Industry

External     (25%)

Managing a Music Product

Internal      (25%)

Specialist Units


Introducing Music Composition

Internal      (25%)

Introducing Music Performance

Year 10 =

The Music Industry

Internal      (25%

Introducing Music Performance


Year 11:

Managing a Music Product

Introducing Music Composition


Music at KS5 is a 6 lesson per week option working towards the BTEC Level 3 National Certificate and Music. All assessment is coursework based. Tuition is offered in piano, guitar, singing and drum kit. The course also includes a unit in composition and access to the Recording Studio and Music Software.


The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Music (Performing) is a 30-credit and 180 guided learning hour (GLH) qualification that consists of three units that provide for a combined total of 30 credits.








Music Performance Techniques




Composing Music




Working and Developing As a Musical Ensemble




Key features of the BTEC Level 3 qualification in Music


The BTEC qualification in this specification has been developed in the music sectors to:

  • provide education and training for those working in the music industry
  • give those working in the music industry opportunities to achieve a nationally recognised level 3 vocationally-specific qualification
  • give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the music industry or to progress to vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Music.
  • give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.