The qualification includes Listening, Composing and Performing. With this course you can adjust the balance between composing and performing.
If you specialise in Performing the balance is Listening 40% Performing 35% and Composing 25%.
If you specialise in Composing the balance is Listening 40% Performing 25% and Composing 35%.
You do not have to decide on your specialism at the start of the course.
The listening exam is a 2 hour 30 minute exam
Performing is a video recording of a live performance
Composing is assessed by audio recordings.
These are all undertaken in school, with no outside examiners.
You will have achieved Grade 6 in Music GCSE and you will be of Grade 5/6 standard in both practical and theory examinations by the end of the GCSE course. You will need to perform to Grade 6/7+ standard by the end of Year 13.
This provides an excellent basis for lifelong learning and Higher Education courses in music.