Music at All Saints Academy provides students with opportunities to perform, compose and analyse both within the classroom and through extra-curricular musical activities. Students study music at KS3 and then can choose to take music as an option subject at GCSE with a view to progressing their musical studies on to A-Level.

    GCSE Music

    Students at GCSE Level follow the Edexcel examination board which is split into 3 Units: Performing (30%), Composing (30%) and Listening (40%). Students will focus on 4 main areas of study:

    • Western Classical music (both vocal and instrumental)
    • 20th Century music (electronic music as well as songs from musicals)
    • Popular music (club dance, rock, and jazz)
    • World music (folk, African and Indian)

    Students develop their performing skills on an instrument of their choice throughout the course leading to two recorded performances, one solo and one ensemble.

    They will also create their own music resulting in two compositions. Students notate their compositions using specialist computer software (available at school) resulting in a professional looking score and recording.

    Finally, at the end of year 11, students sit a 90 minute listening exam answering questions based on the set works studied during the course.

    AS/A2 Music

    Students at Advanced Level follow the Edexcel examination board which is split into 3 Units: Performing (30%), Composing (30%) and Developing Musical Understanding (40%). During the course they will further develop their performing and composing skills, as well as developing their musical understanding by listening to and analysing set musical works. The course is designed to lead directly on from the GCSE Music syllabus and prepares students for further musical study at university or as a complimentary subject to Music Technology.


    Below are some examples of work that the Music students at All Saints have been producing.

    Please click on the play icon next to the speaker to hear the recordings.

    Steph’s Work

    Hannah’s Work