Skip to content ↓

Broadwater School



Teacher: Mrs Susan Looseley Email


Performing Arts Subject Leader: Mr Nathan Smith-Rogers  Email

Homework tasks can be viewed on the showmyhomework website

GCSE Exam Specification:

Edexcel GCSE Music

British Values 


Discretely delivered during group work – emphasis on 4Cs to facilitate democratic decision making, critical reflection, effective speaking and listening skills...  Student voice is sought at both KS3 and KS4.  Lead learners are chosen in KS3 lessons which promote democratic skills in individual students.

The Rule of Law

All students are aware of the shared expectations of the music department and that these boundaries are to be observed at all times

Individual Liberty

The freedom to show preference towards different styles and genres of music without prejudice however with the understanding that we acknowledge the rights for different opinions without being dismissive.  To facilitate this, a variety of music is listened to during class sessions and used as inspiration for different projects.  A specific example would be the year 8 project on African Music and polyphonic rhythms where we discuss the slave trade – this then is carried into the Reggae project (influence of other cultures) and Rock ‘n Roll/Blues (the origins of the Blues being the vocal music of the African slaves in the Deep South of America).  The accessibility to all students of KS4 music and extra-curricular music activities including orchestra, choir, school productions, instrumental lessons and use of the music department for group rehearsal of class projects etc.

Mutual Respect

This is a clear expectation of all students and staff in all aspects of music learning in the school – classroom, extra-curricular, workshops etc


Most recently this has been addressed during our school production of ‘Godspell’, Christmas carol concert (music is chosen from different faiths and beliefs, for example a carol from India etc.)

Key Stage 3 


Autumn 1           
‘Night and Day’
Focus:   The Elements of Music – Pitch, Texture, Timbre and Dynamics

Autumn 2            
‘Rhythm and Pulse’
Focus:   Exploring Rhythm – Rhythm, Structure, Form

Spring 1        
‘Form and Structure’
Focus:   Musical Structures – Pitch, Texture, Harmony and Melody, Structure and Form

Spring 2               
‘Folk Music’
Focus:   Exploring Folk Music – Pitch, Melody and Harmony

Summer 1         
‘Instruments of the Orchestra’
Focus:   Exploring Timbre – Pitch, Texture, Timbre and Dynamics, Melody and Harmony

Summer 2
Focus:   Exploring Songs and Singing – Pitch, Texture, Melody and Harmony, Structure and Form



Autumn 1
‘African Music’
Focus:   Exploring Polyrhythms – Rhythm, Timbre and Dynamics

Autumn 2
Focus:   Exploring Reggae and Syncopation’ – Rhythm, Pitch, Texture, Melody and Harmony

Spring 1
Focus:   Developing Musical Ideas  – Texture, Timbre and Dynamics, Melody and Harmony, Structure and Form

Spring 2
‘Jazz Improvisation’
Focus:   Exploring Improvisation – Pitch, Melody and Harmony, Structure and Form

Summer 1
‘Indian Music’
Focus:   Exploring Raga – Pitch, Texture, Melody and Harmony, Structure and Form

Summer 2
‘Music and Space’
Focus:   Exploring Sounds – Texture, Timbre and Dynamics



Autumn 1
Focus:   Exploring Shows and Songs from the Stage – Pitch, Melody and Harmony, Structure and Form

Autumn 2
Focus:   Exploring Motifs, Polyrhythms and Repetition – Rhythm, Pitch, Texture, Structure and Form

Spring 1
‘Film Music
Focus:   Musical Structures – Pitch, Texture, Harmony and Melody, Structure and Form

Spring 2
‘Rock and Roll’
Focus:   Exploring Chords and Bass Lines  – Pitch, Texture, Melody and Harmony

Summer 1
Focus:   Polyrhythms and Improvisation Harmony – Rhythm, Texture, Structure and Form

Summer 2
‘Popular Song’
Focus:   Exploring Songs and Arrangements – Texture, Melody and Harmony, Structure and Form

Key Stage 4 


At Broadwater we follow the specification set by the Edexcel examination board.

UNIT 1  PERFORMING MUSIC               

  • Internally assessed
  • Externally moderated

Overview of content:                    
a)  one solo performance
b)  one ensemble performance

Both of these performances will result from a number of performances being completed throughout the course.


  • Internally assessed
  • Externally assessed

Overview of content:                    

a) two compositions

Both compositions will result from a number of compositions being completed throughout the course.


  • Externally assessed through a terminal written paper

Overview of content:                     
Knowledge and study of set works in the Areas of Study

Area of Study 1    - Western classical music (1600 – 1899)
Area of Study 2    - Music in the 20th century
Area of Study 3    - Popular music in context
Area of Study 4    - World music

KS4 Revision Resources 


Year 11 group have been given hard copies of a number of revision packs and materials alongside a CD of all of the set works. 

Textbooks/revision guides:

GCSE Music Revision guide by Alan Charlton ISBN: 978-1-907447-09-9

GCSE Music Edexcel specification CGP revision guide ISBN: 978-1-84762-372-0


YouTube videos on each of the 12 extracts are available. There are also a number of revision videos that various subscribers have posted.

Past papers and mark schemes are available on the Edexcel website:

A number of revision quizzes created on the website create an account and search GCSE Music Edexcel

R Drive

A huge selection of resources are available on the R drive in the following location: R:CurriculumMusic GCSEListening Exam Revision Resources


There is a GCSE Edexcel revision app search in the app store. The image used is 4 guitars in blue, yellow, green and pink.