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GCSE Music

Students learn how to investigate, analyse and evaluate music and its features.

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Exam Board: Eduqas


At Bosworth, we follow the Eduqas Syllabus, which consists of three engaging components, assessed through practical performances, compositions and one externally examined paper.

In GCSE Music you will learn how to investigate, analyse and evaluate music and its features. You will learn how to perform, compose and appreciate different types of music, developing critical and creative thinking, encouraging a more holistic view of your knowledge. The Eduqas syllabus allows you to develop your knowledge and skills in music, enabling you to progress to A-level Music. This specification also provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for students who do not wish to progress further.

Course Content


In performance, you will submit a minimum of two solo performances. One of these must be as part of an ensemble lasting at least one minute in length. The total duration of the performances must be 4-6 minutes. They can comprise one or more pieces of your choice. This is 30% of the qualification, receiving 72 marks.


There are two compositions, one is a freestyle and the other is in response to a brief set by the Eduqas. These can be for any instrument or IT, each lasting between three to six minutes. This is 30% of the qualification worth 72 marks.


The written appraising exam covers music from 1700-1820, studying historic works such as Bach Badinerie for Flute and String Orchestra (Final Movement). From here it is a short step to the exciting world of music for stage and screen, ending with fusion music mixing African with Celtic and into popular music, studying “Africa” by Toto.

The written exam paper is 1 hour 15 minutes and it is 40% of the exam and worth 96 marks.

There are no previous learning requirements for GCSE Music, building on a subject content typically taught at KS3.