Welcome to the Music page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.

Curriculum Intent

Under the national curriculum, Music is divided into three areas - Performing, Composing and Listening and Appraising.

What are the aims of each area?

  • Pupils will develop an understanding of a wide range of music through listening, performance, composition and independent/group study.
  • Pupils will get the chance to be involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities as well as having the opportunity to take individual instrumental lessons from visiting instrumental teachers. Extra-curricular activities include: Samba band, Steel Drums, Healing Harmony, Healing Chamber Orchestra and opportunities for bands to practise either afterschool or during lunchtimes. There will also be many opportunities throughout the year to perform to an audience.

Pupils are expected at all times to show respect, work to the best of their ability and enjoy their learning in a safe and stimulating environment.

Key Stage 3 -  Curriculum Implementation

Pupils will study Music for one, one hour lesson per week.

Year 7 Scheme of Work:

  • Term 1.1 – Rhythms
  • Term 1.2 – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Remix on Logic.
  • Term 2.1 – Chasing Cars Guitar Project
  • Term 2.2 - Chasing Cars Band Project
  • Term 3.1 – Riff Writing
  • Term 3.2 – Pop Song Writing

Year 8 Scheme of Work:

  • Term 1.1 – White Stripes Project
  • Term 1.2 – Reggae Christmas
  • Term 2.1 – Pachelbel’s Canon
  • Term 2.2 – Pachelbel’s Canon Remix
  • Term 3.1 – Riptide Band Project

 Term 3.2 – Riptide Band Project Continued.

Key Stage 3 – 2020 Curriculum Recovery Programme 

  • Year 8 classes are now learning how to write their own riffs and pop songs, which have been taken from the Year 7 ‘Riff Writing’ and the ‘Pop Song Writing’ scheme of work. 

This scheme of work is key, as part of Year 8 development, due to the music theory taught, which is applicable through years 9, 10 and 11, as well as providing pupils with the skills to compose their own piece of music, which again enables pupils to prepare for the composition module within the GCSE music course. 

How will our pupils be assessed?

  • Audio assessment is at the heart of Healing Music Department Curriculum.
  • Pupils will be assessed through performance, composition and musical understanding work.
  • National Curriculum levels will be used as a guide when assessing pupil’s work.

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

At Key Stage 4 pupils have the option to study GCSE Music.

In GCSE music pupils are assessed on both coursework (composition and performance) and a formal listening examination.

There are three components included in the Eduqas GCSE course:

  • Component 1 (40%) – Understanding Music.
  • Component 2 (30%) – Performing Music.
  • Component 3 (30%) – Composing Music.

It is an expectation that pupils will have instrumental lessons and practice their instrument outside of lessons as well as getting involved in a range of musical activities both in and out of school

Key Stage 4 – 2020 Curriculum Recovery Programme

  • Year 11’s first two weeks will be focused on revising and re-capping the key course content covered in both Years 9 and 10. 
  • The class after 2 weeks will sit a practise listening exam to help the pupil’s put their understanding into practise. 
  • This practise paper will ensure a robust understanding of pupil’s key strengths and areas that need development. 

Pupils will continue to develop their performance coursework through lessons with instrumental teachers and in lesson, as well as continuing to refine their compositions from the previous year through targeted support.

Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 4: 2021 – Changes to content

Component 1: Performing 
Total duration of performances: 1.5-4 minutes 
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 
30% of qualification
A minimum of one piece. The piece(s) may be solo or ensemble or a combination. Where a learner chooses to perform an ensemble the entire duration of the performance(s) must be at least 2 minutes.
Component 2: Composing 
Total duration of composition: 2-4 minutes 
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 
30% of qualification
One composition. Learners may either choose one brief from a choice of four, each one linked to a different area of study (the briefs will be released during the first week of September 2020) or compose a free composition for which they set their own brief.
Component 3: Appraising 
Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes 
40% of qualification
This component is assessed via a listening examination.
Eight questions in total, two on each of the four areas of study.
Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices
Area of study 2: Music for Ensemble
Area of study 3: Film Music
Area of study 4: Popular Music
Two of the eight questions are based on extracts set by WJEC.

This linear qualification will be available in summer 2021 only. Please note that these adaptations are subject to confirmation by Ofqual and will be subject to change until further notice.


How will our pupils be assessed?

  • Component 1 (40%) – Understanding Music - 1.5 hour formal examination with questions relating to the set works, wide range of music and the pupils understanding of musical elements.
  • Component 2 (30%) – Performing Music - The two pieces of music will be assessed (one solo, one ensemble) by the centre and moderated externally.
  • Component 3 (30%) – Composing Music - The composition will be assessed by the centre and moderated externally.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

4+ “standard” pass
5+ “strong” pass

What can it lead to?

  • Theatre, television & film related jobs.
  • Music industry jobs (Recording/Studio engineer etc.).
  • Journalism.
  • Concert promotion.
  • Musician, Session Musician, Conductor.
  • Media
  • Music Therapy
  • Music Tuition – In school or Private.

Accommodation & Resources

Music is taught in two subject specialist classrooms. The rooms both include: iMac's and MacBook Pros running Logic Pro 10 software with midi controller keyboards, full class set of acoustic guitars, percussion, recorders, professional PA system. Pupils are welcome to use their own instruments within lesson to improve their understanding and attainment.

The numerous practice rooms in the department are equipped with a variety of acoustic/electric pianos, acoustic/electric drum kits and acoustic/electric guitars.

One music storeroom for pupil musical equipment and a wide variety of school orchestral and percussion instruments.


The Music department is thriving with pupils keen to develop their musicianship through composing and performing. Pupils are provided the opportunity to learn an instrument of their choice as well as perform in school concerts through the year. The department also organises trips to cities around the country, providing pupils with the perfect chance to further showcase their talents.