At Key Stage 3, pupils will perform, compose and appraise music, focusing their listening (in all musical activities) on the musical elements (pitch, duration, pace, timbre, texture, dynamics, structure and silence).
Musical activities at Key Stage 3 enable students to make links between their performing, composing and appraising activities, while working as a class, in smaller groups and as individuals. The programme of study will include examples of popular music, classical music, music of Wales and music from around the world.
Key Stage 4 Music
At Key Stage 4, are all entered for the BTEC Extended Certificate in Music, giving them a potential 2 GCSE grades A*-C. The BTEC course is designed essentially to provide opportunities for students to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful music performance in working life. It gives them opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding in music through a practical approach. By the end of the course, learners should be confident and adaptable performers on their chosen instrument or voice. Students who completed the Extended Certificate in Music will have a good practical grounding in a range of musical skills, which will act as solid background for progression to further study in music.
Selected candidates who are excelling in the course will also be ‘fast tracked’ to the higher BTEC Diploma, which will give them a potential 4 GCSE grades, A*-C. To complete this, students will also explore musical composition and participate in a major musical project, such as the annual RCT ‘Envirovision’ competition, where the college has enjoyed much success in recent years.
Students who have successfully completed the BTEC Music courses at Key Stage 4 are well suited to further their studies in the BTEC Level 3 course in Performing Arts offered by the faculty in Years 12 and 13. In addition to this, students could also follow the AS/A Level music course, which follows the WJEC specification and is taught as a part of the consortium arrangement in Treorchy Comprehensive School, along with the BTEC Level 3 Music Performance course delivered at Ferndale school.
More work can be found on the NGFL website by following this link www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk
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