Examination Board:  Edexcel                                        

Specification code:  1MU0

Unit 1 - Performance (30%)

This paper consists of two performances which are completed during the final year of the course. One performance should be a solo piece (with or without piano accompaniment) and one an ensemble performance. If candidates chose to perform using technology then the solo will be a sequenced performance on computer, and the ensemble performance will be a multi-track recording. These are worked on over the two years, and submitted in the 5th term of the course.

Performances are teacher-assessed, recorded and sent to the exam board for moderation.

Unit 2 - Composing Music (30%)

Candidates submit their best two compositions; one a free choice, and the other a commission from the Examination Board. These may be original compositions or arrangements of other music. Composition is computer based using Sibelius or Cubase software.

These are worked on over the two years, and submitted in the 5th term of the course. 

Unit 3 - Listening and Appraising (40%)

This is assessed via a 105-minute Listening Paper at the end of the two-year course. Section A relates to the Set Works recordings on a CD, with an additional dictation exercise and one question on an unfamiliar piece. Section B is a comparison between a Set Work and an unfamiliar piece.


The Four Areas of Study from which the Set Works are taken are:

Instrumental Music 1700-1820 (Including Bach Brandenburg No.3 3rd Mvt)

Vocal Music (Including Queen: Killer Queen)

Music for Stage and Screen (Including Star Wars Main Title Theme)

Fusions (World Music including Afro Celt Sound System)

Entry Requirements

There are no fixed entry requirements and a number of the topics have already been introduced in Year 8 and 9 class music lessons. If you choose to perform on an instrument or to sing, you should aim for a Grade 4-5 standard by the end of the course to do well. You may choose the technology option, which does not require you to play or sing for the final exam; for this you should have a reasonable amount of computer literacy, and music theory. Although the theory required is covered during the course, if you have worked towards an Associated Board theory exam, you will be in a stronger position. It is expected that GCSE Music pupils take part in one or more of the choirs / ensembles at school. This helps to boost GCSE grades through wider experience and understanding of music.



Mr J Tizzard BMus, DipEd