Students taking GCSE Music at Stanborough in 2018 or later follow the WEJC/eduqas syllabus.

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 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 Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes 40%

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:

Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Movement 2
Rainbow Since You’ve Been Gone


Students taking GCSE Music at Stanborough in 2017 follow the Edexcel (2009) syllabus. This includes completing the following elements:

– Two compositions, including a recording and score (30%)
– One solo and one ensemble performance (30%)
– Listening Exam (40%)

For the listening exam students need to study and have a good understanding of the following pieces of music:

Area of Study 1: Western classical music 1600-1899
George Frideric Handel, ‘And the glory of the Lord’ from Messiah
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony no. 40 in G minor, K.550, movement I
Fryderyk Chopin, Prelude No. 15 in D flat major, Op.28

Area of Study 2: Music in the 20th century
Arnold Schoenberg, ‘Peripetie’ from Five Orchestral Pieces
Leonard Bernstein, ‘Something’s Coming’ from West Side Story
Steve Reich, Electric Counterpoint, movement III

Area of Study 3: Popular Music in context
Miles Davis, All blues
Jeff Buckley, Grace
Moby, Why does my heart feel so bad

Area of Study 4: World Music
Capercaillie, Chuir M’Athair Mise Dhan Taigh Charraideach (Skye Waulking Song)
Rag Desh
Anoushka Shankar, Rag Desh
Chiranji Lal Tanwar, ‘Mhara janam maran’ in Rag Desh,
Steve Gorn and Benjy Wertheimer, Rag Desh
Koko, Yiri


A link the the syllabus can be found here.

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