Music is an exciting option for GCSE and is thriving at Queen’s with a steadily increasing uptake. All lessons are taught in our dedicated music department which has excellent facilities including a PC suite with compositional software and separate recording studio. Students who opt for Music usually have instrumental lessons; although there is no prerequisite to have taken grades, a student would be aiming to be around the standard of Grade 4 or above by the time they sit the exam. With its blend of coursework followed by a single exam, the course has the ability to allow students to develop their musicianship to a high level over its two year duration.
We follow the Edexcel specification which is based on three units;
Performance – internally marked (30%)
Over the two years of the course, students work on their instrumental skills to produce a recording portfolio of 4 minutes length; this would include both solo and ensemble performances.
Composition – internally marked (30%)
The students learn how to compose effectively during the course and produce two piece with a minimum combined length of 3 minutes. One is a free composition i.e. the students can choose all elements of the piece and the second is to a brief released by the exam board at the beginning of Year 11.
Listening – formal exam (40%)
This is predominately based on eight set works which the student studies over the two years of the course. The first section of the exam is based on short answer questions about extracts from selected works whilst the second section requires an extended answer about one of the set works.
Queen's College offers Music awards and scholarships to musically gifted pupils in the Sixth Form.
As a guideline, most major scholarships are worth approximately 25% of fees and minor scholarships, 10% off fees.
To download the most recent Peripatetic Music Staff list please click here.