St James's Church of England High School

St James Church of England High School

'A National Teaching School'

September 2013

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Music

KEY STAGE 4

We currently offer GCSE music from the EDEXCEL Exam Board.  Pupils study 2 lessons per week in Year 10 and three in Year 11.  It is compulsory that pupils play at least one instrument to grade 2 standard to be accepted on the course.  The GCSE is made up of 30% performance and 30% composition.  There is an exam that is worth 40% which is based on twelve set works that are studies during the course.  Instrumental lessons are free for pupils studying music, but pupils are expected to join at least one of the school’s music ensembles.