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GCSE Music

The WJEC Eduqas specification encourages an integrated approach to the three distinct disciplines of performing, composing and appraising through four interrelated areas of study. The four areas of study are designed to develop knowledge and understanding of music through the study of a variety of genres and styles in a wider context.

Component 1: Performing (30% of qualification)
Total duration of performances: 4-6 minutes
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally

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% of qualification)
Total duration of compositions: 3-6 minutes
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally

Two compositions, one of which must be in response to a brief set by WJEC. 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% of qualification)
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 of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices
Area of study 2: Music for Ensemble
Area of study 3: Film Music
Area of study 4: Popular Music

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

Music Technology

This course allows you to engage with the music industry and develop a range of relevant practical and technical skills. You will explore music product development and events management, and apply your knowledge in new and practical industry-related contexts. The qualification is 120 GLH, which is the same size and level as a GCSE, and is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about the music industry. You will study the following two mandatory units, covering the fundamental knowledge, skills and understanding required for the music sector:

  • the music industry
  • managing a music product.

You will build on the knowledge gained in the mandatory units, and explore two sub sectors of the music industry, by choosing a further two units, covering areas such as:

  • introducing live sound
  • introducing music composition
  • introducing music performance
  • introducing music recording
  • introducing music sequencing


Unit 1 - Music Industry Exam (25%) 

Students will learn about all the different organisations and job roles within the Music industry and develop an understanding of how the industry works. Students will sit an exam lasting 1 hour. 


Unit 2 - Managing a Music Product (25%)

Students will plan, deliver, promote, sell then evaluate their own product. Students in the past have recorded and made their own CDs, organised and promoted concerts and made Music videos. This unit is teacher assessed.


Unit 5 - Performance (25%)

Students will learn, rehearse and perform two contrasting pieces of music. Students will keep a practice diary and develop a practice routine as part of this unit. This unit is teacher assessed.


Unit 7 - Introducing Music Sequencing (25%)

Students will learn how to use the music software GarageBand, and create a 'How to' guide. Students will also need to record, edit and engineer a piece of music in GarageBand. This piece of music can be an existing piece or an original composition. This unit is teacher assessed. 

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