Key Stage 3

Students receive 1 hour a week of music. They can receive further private tuition on an instrument with Durham Music Service and attend the 'Derwentside District band' every Tuesday 4:15-5:15pm in our hall.

The music room is open every break and lunchtime for students to practice or get help with homework. Practice rooms are available every day for booking. Music homework is set 'One a week EVERY week' on the schools VLE

Year 7 Topics:
English folk music
Computer music
Orchestral programme music
Rock n Roll
Music from the Caribbean

Year 8 Topics:
Junk instruments
Scottish folk music
Musical theatre
Structures in orchestral music
Music in war and protest
Music from India

Year 9 Topics:
Samba band
Irish folk music
Music in TV
Orchestral music in movies
12 bar blues

Key Stage 4

Why do Music at KS4?
Music can be taken as a step to a career in music or as one of your GCSEs towards a college place, then if you wish university, or you may just want to improve your musicianship skills for the pleasure playing music can give you. Many people play an instrument to relax from the stresses of the working day. There are many professional and amateur music groups in existence which you may join. run workshops and bands, or you could form your own.

Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Music
If you are interested in performing, singing, learning all about the music industry and arranging, marketing and performing at your own gig. BTEC Music Performance incorporates all these aspects and more.


  • The Music Industry (Externally marked exam)
  • Managing a Music Product
  • Introducing Music Composition
  • Introducing Music Performance

Requirements for Coursework
You are required to all 4 units. All units will need to be completed by the end of the Spring Term in the year of examination.

Qualification Grades
BTEC at Level 1, Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction or Level 2 Distinction*

Description of the Course
This is a music vocational course based on units of study. Each unit will last for 2-3 terms. It provides the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques which are suited to your personal musical strengths. This course can prepare you for a career in the performing arts or the Music Industry.

Who can do it?
Everyone! When considering music as an option students instrumental skills are not required to be of a high standard as long as they are prepared to give extra effort to improve their playing or singing all are welcome to study music.

Post 16
Students may consider opting for Music as one of the GCSE's towards the 4-5 needed to attend college. Courses in music include BTEC, AS & A2 in music, music performance, music technology, music practice, composing, arranging, song writing, music theatre, performing arts, singing and DJing.

Useful Websites for Further Education


BTEC Music can be used as a step towards the many careers in the music industry – Musician, performer, composer, military band, music shop, teaching (in a school or private tuition), DJ'ing etc. see the music department 'Careers and Courses' notice board on the Music Moodle website.

Useful Websites for Advice

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