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Component 1: Performing (30%)

Total duration of performances: 4-6 minutes

Non-exam assessment: Internally assessed, externally moderated

A minimum of two pieces, one of which must be an ensemble performance of at least one minute duration.  The other piece(s) may be either solo and/or ensemble.  One of the pieces performed must link to an area of study of the learner’s choice.

Component 2: Composing (30%)

Total duration of compositions: 3-6 minutes

Non-exam assessment: Internally assessed, externally moderated

Two compositions, one of which must be in response to a brief set by Eduqas.  Learners will choose one brief from a choice of four, each one linked to a different area of study.  The briefs will be released during the first week of September in the academic year in which the assessment is to be taken.  The second composition is a free composition for which learners set their own brief.

Component 3: Appraising (40%)

Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes (approximately)

This component is assessed via a listening examination.

Eight questions in total, two on each of the four areas of study.

Area 1: Musical Forms and Devices

Area 2: Music for Ensemble

Area 3: Film Music

Area 4: Popular Music

Two of the eight questions are based on extracts set by Eduqas.


This course would suit students with a passion for listening to music of a wide range of genres from classical to rock. They should have strong instrumental performance skills (grade 2 pass gained minimum). Private instrumental tuition offers a significant advantage to GCSE music students but is not an essential pre-requisite. Students should also be confident in working independently on practical coursework. An understanding of music theory is helpful but not essential. However, students must have a desire to progress their knowledge in this area.



The music department at Huish Episcopi offers a varied and inclusive range of extra-curricular music activities that run on a weekly basis. Involvement in such activities are highly encouraged at Key Stage 4 in order to ensure students receive a well-rounded musical experience. This, coupled with annual musical productions, frequent performance opportunities both within and beyond the Academy as well as trips to see orchestral concerts are all offered to music students at Key Stage 4.


GCSE music provides an excellent preparation for musical studies at a higher level and has many career uses in theatre, education, youth and community work, arts administration, sound engineering and obviously jobs in the music industry. Music can enhance personal qualities, which would be of benefit to any future career. It develops self-expression and confidence and shows a prospective employer that the individual has a broad outlook on life as well as self-organisation, motivation and commitment. GCSE Music is a suitable qualification for further study at A Level Music

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