Key Stage 4 Music

The Music GCSE course is 60% controlled assessment and 40% externally assessed exam. Pupils will have an opportunity to perform their practical exam (30%) in February/March of Year 10 or Year 11, submit 2 final compositions in year 11 (30%) and sit the listening exam (40%) in year 11.

Staffing

Staff Member                                 Role

  • Mrs Elin Ennis                    |     Curriculum and Progress Manager
  • Mr Aeron Preston           |     Teacher of Music

 

KS4 Course Outline

 

Year 10

  • Introduction to course
  • 2 Performing Assessments each term
  • Externally assessed Performing Exam
  • 2 composing tasks each term
  • Choose composition to study further for Composing Portfolio
  • Music Theory
  • Develop listening, composing and performing skills through the study of Music in Wales, Musical Forms and Devices and Music Evolution

 

Year 11

  • 2 Performing Assessments each term (depending on year 10 performing exam)
  • Externally assessed Performing Exam (depending on year 10 performing exam)
  • Choose 2nd compositions to study further for Composing Portfolio
  • Submit final composing portfolio
  • Evaluation of composing portfolio
  • Music Theory
  • Continue to develop listening, composing and performing skills through the study of Music for Stage and Screen
  • Complete Listening Past Papers regularly
  • Externally Assessed Listening exam
 

KS4 Information

Assessment – How is work assessed?

  • Work is assessed informally on a regular basis and pupils are given guidance and targets
  • Composing, Performing and Appraising work is marked using the WJEC GCSE assessment criteria
  • Pupils self-assess and peer-assess regularly in order to gain a better understanding of the WJEC exam board assessment criteria
  • Final composing coursework is internally assessed by teachers and externally assessed by WJEC moderators
  • Performing exam is externally assessed by a visiting WJEC exam board moderator
  • Listening exam is externally assessed by the WJEC exam board

Homework – Frequency and type of work

  • Please see detailed Music Homework task
  • Pupils are encouraged to work on their composing coursework by attending a lunch time session for further support.
  • Pupils should practice their instrument on a nightly basis

How can you support your child?

  • Encourage them to set aside time regularly to practice their instrument
  • Encourage them to attend the composing lunchtime session
  • Take them to see live performances
  • Encourage them to attend Extra Curricular Activities such as Choir, Orchestra and activities outside of school – SPYM

Link for WJEC Website – helpful information and course specifications 


KS4 Subjects