Learning & Achieving Together


Our aim is to be a centre of excellence for music, promoting and supporting creativity, innovation and high standards of achievement. The facilities and courses available at the school provide each student with learning and teaching opportunities which are built around their own individual needs and aspirations. Through the music technology facilities, recording studio, and numerous performance venues, we aim to provide opportunities for students and other stakeholders to enjoy and appreciate music not only in classroom scenarios but in workshops, high standard instrumental tuition and performances by visiting professionals.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Introduction
  • Keyboard skills
  • Music and space
  • Samba
  • Voiceworksatin beat
  • Music from China

Year 8

  • Jazz and improvisation
  • Film music
  • African drumming
  • Pop song
  • Reggae
  • Going solo

Key Stage 4

This course leads to a GCSE in music. The main focus is to develop students' aural skills through the study of 8 set works from throughout music history, as well as developing high quality performance and composition skills.

Year 9

Students will complete a range of practical projects to prepare them for the study of the set works.

  • The elements of music
  • Step up to GCSE
  • Popular song
  • Ground bass and variations
  • The baroque concerto
  • Form and structure
  • Musicals
  • Film music
  • Fusions

During the summer term, students begin to study the first set work of the GCSE course, Queen: Killer Queen

Year 10

  • Queen: Killer Queen
  • H. Purcell: Music for a While
  • J.S.Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D Major
  • L.V.Beethoven:1st movement from Piano Sonata No.3 'Pathtique' in C Minor
  • S.Schwartz: Defying Gravity from Wicked

Year 11

  • Queen: Killer Queen
  • H. Purcell: Music For A While
  • J. S. Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major
  • L. V. Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Minor

Assessment and Examinations (Edexcel)

The two year GCSE course is assessed through:

  • Coursework: Component 1:  Performing: one solo and one ensemble performance (30% internally assessed)
  • Coursework: Component 2: Composition: two compositions, one free choice and one to a brief (30% internally assessed)
  • Written examination: Component 3: Appraising: 1hour 45 minutes (40% externally assessed)

Key Stage 5

A level Music

At A level students demonstrate an understanding of musical elements, contexts and language.  They will apply this knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works: Vocal music; instrumental music; music for film; popular music and jazz; fusions and new directions.  They will also aply this knowledge to a range of unfamiliar works.

BTEC Music Technology

This course is a basis for the sound engineering sector with a focus on studio recording techniques and digital audio workstation production.  Students will study a range of mandatory and optional units.  As part of the course, students will be required to engage with sector employers as part of their course, where they will be given opportunity to develop practical skils.

A Level Music Technology

A level students focus on the development of technology-based music.  They will be expected to demonstrate their knowldge of music and the principles of music technology through coursework tasks and a series of written commentaries, manipulations and production tasks provided by Edexcel.

Assessment and Examinations (Edexcel)

A Level Music

  • Compnent 1: Performing: 8 minutes performance recital (solo or ensemble) (30% externally assessed)
  • Compnent 2: Composing: Two compositions, one to a set brief and one free composition (30% externally assessed)
  • Component 3: Appraising: Written examination: 2 hours (40% externally assessed)

BTEC Music Technology

  • Unit 1: Live Sound (optional-internally assessed)
  • Unit 2: Studio Recording Techniques (mandatory-internally asessed)
  • Unit 6: DAW Production (mandatory- externally assessed)
  • Unit 13: Mixing and Mastering Techniques (optional- internally assessed)
  • Unit 18: Working and Developing as a Producton Team (optional- internally assessed)

AS Music Technology

  • Unit 1: Portfolio: 3 practical recording studio projects (70%)
  • Unit 2: Listening and Analysis examination (30%)

A Level Music Technology

  • Unit 3: Portfolio: Three advanced practical recording studio projects (60% externally assessed)
  • Unit 4: Analysing & Producing: Written examination: 2 hours (40% externally assessed))

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Extra curricular opportunities are extensive and include:

  • Brentside Encore Vocal Group
  • theatre visits
  • trips to concerts
  • specialist workshops
  • specialist instrumental lessons with professional musicians
  • instrumental ensembles
  • performing in concerts
  • performing in the school production 
  • music industry work placements