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GCSE Music


We teach OCR GCSE music Specification. This course has been updated from September 2016. Below is a summary of the new and current specification.

Areas of study:

  1. My Music – where learners focus on their choice of instrument and composition 
  2. The Concerto Through Time – development of this genre from 1650 – 1910
  3. Rhythms of the World – exploration of exciting genres including samba and calypso
  4. Film Music – anything written for a film soundtrack, including video games
  5. Conventions of Pop – Rock n Roll, Rock Anthems, Pop Ballads and Solo Artists 


Content overview

Assessment overview

1 performance on the learner’s chosen instrument – 15%

1 composition chosen by the learner – 15%

Linked to Area of Study 1



60 marks

30% of the total GCSE

1 ensemble performance – 15%

1 composition to a board set brief – 15%

Linked to Area of Study 2, 3, 4 or 5

Practical component

60 marks

30% of the total GCSE

A written paper with a CD

Aural recognition and context from music within Areas of Study 2, 3, 4 and 5

Listening and Appraising

80 marks

40% of the total GCSE

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