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Course description 

‘Performing Arts’ encompassing both Music and Drama into its curriculum at KS3 with the opportunity to focus on Music at KS4.  This creative subject within the curriculum allows students to build up confidence, interpersonal and performance skills, whilst educating students on performance techniques and skills in music. There is an emphasis on practical work. Students will rotate between music and drama, being delivered from a fully equipped music room for music with access to Keyboards, Guitars, Drums, up to date recording equipment such as ‘Reason’ and ‘Cubase’ and computer access for software such as Sony’s Acid Express.

Key Stage 3 

What topics are studied in Key stage 3? 

Subjects covered in music are: ‘The Elements of Music’, Introduction to Keyboard work, Music Theory, Off-Beat (work based on Reggae, its implementation and origins), Musical Theatre, Preparation for Year 7 Carol Service and Acid Express computer based compositional software.

Key Stage 4 

RSL Level 2 Certificate in Music Practitioner (Performance/Technical) - Students have the opportunity to take part in a unique and bespoke qualification. This qualification is delivered by the Music Arts Project (MAP), a fully accredited and funded organisation who deliver the highest quality of music provision from industry specialists. There are one of two pathways. Technology Pathway is recording and Performance Pathway is performing. Students then take an additional two units in Music Style Development and Rehearsal Skills and Sample Making. Students will have access to a modern recording facility called ‘The Gateway’, for assessment. Delivery will involve using up to date recording and editing software such as ‘Reason’ and ’Cubase’, as well as technical equipment such as dynamic microphones, mixing desks and relevant cables.


RSL Level 2 Certificate in Music Practitioner (Performance/Technical)- There is no final exam but assessment is made up of practical demonstrations and supporting written documentation. Students (depending on their pathway) will be assessed in ‘Performance’ work or ‘Technical’ support. 


This subject has ongoing work to be completed in the form of research and reflective journals, which are consistent aspects of the course that fall under ‘homework’.  Students are expected to use this time to write up and document their classwork and progress over each unit after each lesson, ready to progress in their next one. They will reflect, evaluate, research and set suitable targets for progression.  At the end of each unit, this work is submitted in the form of a ‘book’ or ‘journal’ to support their practical assessment.

Opportunities for Study beyond Key Stage 4 

The RSL level 2 qualification leads directly into a level 3 qualification (A-Level equivalent) post 16. RSL is offered by the national organisation ‘Access to Music’ and an organic process would be to migrate to them for further study up to level 4.

Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject 

Possible career options could be a performer, sound engineer, DJ, recording artist, radio, engineer, sound technician and music tutor

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