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About learning at West Coventry Academy


Music

KS3

Students study music once a week. Our vision is to inspire creativity, develop social skills, an appreciation of the world and practical excellence through a broad and balanced curriculum.


KS4

Qualification: GCSE          Exam Board: OCR


Is Music for you?

Do you play a musical instrument, or would you like to learn how to?

Would you like to learn how to write your own songs?

Would you like to learn about a range of musical styles, both Classical and modern?

Do you prefer coursework to examinations?

Are you a creative person who likes independent learning?

Would you like to learn how to record in a professional environment?


What Will You Do?

You will:

Study a wide variety of musical styles including Pop Music, Classical Music and Music from around the World

Perform lots of different music, either on your own or in small groups. You can either play an instrument or sing. Your best performances will be submitted as coursework.

Write your own music inspired by the music that you study.  You will have the opportunity to use music technology to help you compose. Your best compositions will be submitted as coursework.


Assessment Details:

UNIT ONE: Integrated portfolio: 30%.
A solo performance on the instrument/ voice of your choice plus a composition for that instrument/ voice. Coursework is internally assessed.

Unit Two: Practical portfolio: 30%
A group performance including your instrument/voice. A composition with a brief set by the exam board. Coursework is internally assessed.

Unit Three: Listening and Appraising 40%.
Knowledge and understanding of different styles and genres of music including The Concerto, World Music, Fusion, Film Music and Popular music, leading to a 1&1/2 hour  listening examination at the end of the course.


Possible Career Options:

  • Musician
  • Conductor
  • Composer
  • Music Teacher 

Further Education:

  • A Level Music
  • A Level Music Technology
  • Music Practioner Level 3 Rock School
  • BTEC ND in Music Performance                      
  • BTEC First Diploma in Music
  • BTEC ND in Music Production or Music Management         
  • BTEC First Diploma in Performing Arts