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Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way people feel, think and act.

If you already play an instrument or sing, you can develop your skills and get a GCSE out of it!

If you don’t already play an instrument or sing, you can take the opportunity to learn new skills which could stay with you for life. If you already enjoy writing your own music or songs, you can use this ability and experience towards your GCSE.

Students are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of musical activities, from singing, to instrumental skills, to music technology. A dedicated suite of computers enables students to record, edit and manipulate music on professional level software.

As well as classroom lessons we also welcome a team of instrumental specialists into school to offer one-to-one lessons on a range of instruments.

Students are encouraged to take part in performances to display their talents, with concerts and choir recitals taking place both in school and in the local community.

Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop students’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. It can bring together intellect and feeling, encouraging personal expression, reflection and emotional development.

About the Music Curriculum at BCHS


What do students study in Music?

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview

Topics Studied

Theory and Keyboard Skills

Danse Macabre Composition


Blues Music

Introduction to Ukulele


My Music

Drumming Skills

Developing our Ukulele skills

Theme and Variations with introduction to DAW software

Film music- developing our use of music technology and DAW software

Band Skills (Rehearse, Perform, record)

Key Stage 4 GCSE Music Curriculum Overview

YearTopics Studies

Autumn: Forms and Devices

Spring: Music for Ensemble, Popular Music

Summer: Film music, Set Work: Africa


Autumn: Set Work: Badinerie Forms and Devices (Advanced), Music for Ensemble (Advanced) and Composition (Set brief) 

Spring: Popular Music (Advanced), Composition (Free choice brief), Final Performances 

Summer: Composition completion, Listening and Appraising for Exam 

Exam Specifications

Winter Snowcase 2021 Performances