GCSE Music is both a creative and academic subject that combines practical and theoretical methods in order that students can develop their musical skills, as well as their confidence and written technique. The course is divided into three components:

  • Component 1: Performing music. Students will perform one solo and one group performance on their chosen instrument or voice. These performances can be in any style or genre.
  • Component 2: Composing music. Students will compose two pieces of music – one of a completely free choice, and one set to a brief by the exam board. This could be from a variety of genres, such as rock, pop, film and TV, Blues or Dance.
  • Component 3: Listening and Appraising. Students will study eight pieces of music from a variety of genres, and will learn how to listen to music and write about it in a professional, musical way. Students will also learn how to appraise music that they have never heard before (which they will also be tested on in the exam), and will therefore develop a number of key musical and analytical skills.


GCSE Music gives students the opportunity to develop a number of skills that will be useful in further education and later in life (whether it be music-related or otherwise). Music is a great complement to other academic and creative subjects, as it covers a wide range of skillsets that will deepen understanding in both of these areas.

The media play a central role in contemporary society and culture. The importance of seeking the truth is at its most highest with fake news and social media presenting new and modern challenges for the audiences of tomorrow.

Media Studies GCSE positions students, to understand the power and construction of media products and how they shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, viewpoints and messages they offer. The media have real relevance and importance in our lives today making careers for the future and providing us with ways to communicate. The economic importance of the media is also unquestionable; by 2022 the media industry will be worth £76 billion in the UK with E-sports and virtual reality being key areas of growth.  The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and operate as commercial industries on a global scale making your choice to study media and invest into the future, a good one!

Media Studies is a subject that combines practical skills and theory to produce a creative production worth 30% and two exams worth 70% of the overall GCSE grade. Media Studies provide a chance to think both creatively and analytically, work as a team member, develop literacy (traditional and media based) skills and explore the real world of the media industry.

GCSE Drama develops creativity through a mixture of practical and theory elements. It consists of three components:

  • Component 1: a devising unit in which you will create your own original piece of performance work based on a stimulus. This allows you to develop your creative skills and concepts. Alongside this you will complete a journal outlining the process.
  • Component 2: a scripted performance of two key extracts from a play. You will develop your acting skills through key characterisation development and explore different styles of theatre.
  • Component 3: a written exam. You will study a play text practically in lessons and then develop your own concept for rehearsing and directing the play. You will answer questions on the text and explain your vision for how it could be performed. For the second part of the exam you must attend a theatre trip, which we will then study and evaluate it in class time before you write up a review in the examination.


GCSE Drama is well recognised by higher education centres and it can lead onto A Level Drama Studies, degree work and acting careers. It also opens the door to a whole host of other opportunities where confidence, teamwork, presentations and analysis are required.

GCSE Dance is taught and assessed in three strands: performance, choreography and appreciation:

  • You will learn and perform (30%): set phrases in a solo of one minute duration and a performance in a group designed for three dancers of three and a half minutes duration
  • You will choreograph (30%): a solo or a group dance
  • You will study (40%): several professional dance works and refer to your own dance practice which will be assessed in a written exam at the end of Year 11.

You will experience a range of dance styles including street, contemporary and ballet. GCSE Dance will also help to develop confidence, organisation, leadership and communication skills, as well as helping to maintain a healthy active lifestyle. Successful candidates will have an interest in dance and enjoy being creative. A background in performance is often beneficial and some dance experience is advised.