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About the Faculty

The Music Faculty deliver a variety of courses at all Key Stages, developing knowledge and skills in music.  The faculty has dedicated teaching staff, inviting teaching spaces and are committed to delivering excellent learning for all students.

Music Faculty Assessment And Marking
Music Assessment Plan - 2018-19

Years 7 to 9 – Key Stage 3

Music at Belper School is linked to the National Curriculum and is a largely practical based subject. Throughout Key Stage 3 students will learn to play a range of popular music instruments including drums, guitar and keyboards. They will also be singing regularly and will frequently have the opportunity to involve instruments learnt outside of the classroom.

 KS3 Music Learning Journey

As well as teaching music one hour per week as part of the curriculum, the department also offers a wealth of enrichment opportunities. There are visiting instrumental teachers who offer individual tuition on a wide range of instruments including brass, woodwind, violin, piano, keyboard, guitar, drums, singing etc. There are also a range of ensembles from wind ensemble to choir to rock bands. All students are encouraged to take part and also to get involved with some of the regular performance opportunities throughout the year.



Years 10 to 11 – Key Stage 4

Optional Subject: BTEC First Award in Music (Level 1 and Level 2)

BTEC First Award in Music (Level 1 and Level 2)

BTEC Music is aimed at any student who has an interest in music making and those who have an interest in music as a possible career. The qualification is a Level 1/Level 2 Award, is equivalent to one GCSE and has a large vocational content. The content of the course includes a large amount of practical and performance based activity. It also covers the working practices that are employed by professionals in many diverse areas of the music industry. Three components form the final assessment made up of two-thirds internal assessment and one-third external assessment.


The components that will be studied include a range of activities relating to the learner’s own interest in music based around themes which include:

Exploring music products and styles, music skills development, and responding to a commercial music brief.

Examination Board: Edexcel

Years 12 to 13 – Key Stage 5

BTEC Music is aimed at any student who has an interest, or wishes to further their interest in music making and those who have an interest in music as a possible career. The qualification is a Level 3 Extended Certificate (QCF), is equivalent to one A Level with the same level of UCAS points. The certificate allows students to specialise in either Performance or Technology strands.

Across the two years each pathway studies 6 units. Three that are common across both strands and three that are specific to the students chosen preference.

The common units are –

Unit 39: The Sound and Music Industry – a mandatory unit looking at key elements involved in any form of career in the music industry, focusing particularly roles, contracts, progression routes etc.

Unit 24: (Year 13) Music Project – students work as part of a team and form a business whose aim is to put on a concert. At present the plan is for students to be involved in the committee for the Belper Schools Music Festival – a new venture that we intend to be a bi-annual event in June/July. Students must also perform as part of this event whether as technicians or musicians.

Unit 43: (Year 13) Subject Special Investigation – an extended research project of the students own choosing.

Performance Strand

Three units that cover all aspects of performance including solo performance skills, Music interpretation, composition/song writing and ensemble work.

The unit headings are –

Unit 33: (Year 12) Solo Music Performance

Unit 30: (Year 12) Popular Music in Practice

Unit 23: (Year 13) Music Performance Techniques

Technology Strand

Students study three elements of music technology – Live sound, Studio recording and Sequencing.

The unit headings are –

Unit 25: (Year 12) Music Production Techniques

Unit 29: (Year 12) Live Sound Techniques

Unit 32: (Year 13) Sequencing Systems and Techniques

Work for all of the optional strands is mostly practical and assessment is based on a portfolio of practical tasks and research based work including presentations and documentation.