Key Stage 3


At KS3, we ensure that the students explore a variety of elements of music, music theory and instrumentation.  This is explored through listening, performing, composing and notation allowing students to express their musicality with these essential skills.

In Years 7 and 8 students have one hour lesson every other week.

Year 7

Students study the Elements of Music: exploring pulse/rhythm, notation, note values, keyboard skills, performance and composition skills, Programme Music, exploring the Carnival of Animals and Find Your Voice: exploring instruments such as ukulele, guitar, bass, drum kit and keyboard with an introduction to chords, band work and performance skills.

Year 8

Students study units on Folk, exploring Celtic music and playing within a band.  Music theory includes standard notation and TAB.  Students develop performance and composition skills.  Students will undertake a unit on Battle of the Bands using instrumental skills learnt within a group to culminate in a live lounge performance of a popular piece.  Music theory includes standard notation and TAB.  Students explore how to source music online and tools to help them progress in music. Students also complete a unit of work on Hooks and Riffs, utilising a range of instrumentation.

Year 9

Students develop a deeper understanding of music theory and genres preparing them thoroughly for KS4.  Topics include:

  • Chords into Jazz, exploring blues/jazz scales and chords, performance, improvisation and composition;
  • Music for Special Occasions, exploring festival music and the Fanfare using the harmonic sequence in a performance and composition;
  • Reggae and Pop, Looking at the different music styles through listening, performance and composition techniques;
  • Making Arrangements, studying the elements of music to include scales/chords/melody/harmony and composition skills;
  • Film Music, exploring music within film and TV and the Overture/leitmotif through performance and composition skills;
  • Finally, a topic using Instrumental skills learnt informally through band work and performance to understand structure and dynamics.

Students will be prepared with a strong foundation in a range of musical styles and techniques enabling them to progress to a GCSE or BTEC qualification in Music.


Key Stage 4

BTEC First Level 2 in Music

Examination board / awarding body: Edexcel

Why study Music?

The BTEC Music course will open up all doorways into specific music careers.  It will highly enhance entry into Music, Performing Arts and Dance, but is also a qualification valued by higher education and employers in a large range of non-musical fields as it develops key skills in communication, intellectual ability, team work, self-discipline and problem solving.



The course consists of four units that allow students opportunities to develop new and existing musical skills.

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of students who prefer coursework to exams.  Assessment is 75% coursework, which is assessed internally.  In addition there is a one-hour examination for Unit 1: The Music Industry.



The course consists of four units that allow students opportunities to develop new and existing musical skills.

Unit 1

The Music Industry: This provides an overview of the industry, particularly focusing on the shape of the modern industry and covering the emergence of the role of the self-employed producer, performer and promoter.

Unit 2

Managing a Music Product: This unit looks at the development of a music product. As well as providing a vehicle for demonstrating skills and learning, it also introduces the role of planning and promotion in the management of a music product.

Unit 4

Introducing Music Composition: In this Unit, students  will discover a range of compositional techniques and produce contrasting musical ideas to develop their compositional expertise.  An idea might take the form of a short melodic motif, a chord progression or a rhythmic idea.

Unit 5

Introducing Music Performance: This enables learners to develop their skills as performers, both as solo artists or working in an ensemble through developing rehearsal and performance techniques.



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