Students who take the GCSE Music course will follow the AQA specification which enables them to continue their study of performance, composition and listening from KS3 in three distinct units. Performance is completed in the form of two controlled assessed performances: solo and ensemble. This gives the students the opportunity to show off their instrumental skills that they have been working on with their instrument teachers (instrument lessons are free to all GCSE Music students). The composition course focusses on developing the fundamental compositional techniques used to create a successful piece, as well as giving students the opportunity to learn to compose in a wide variety of styles. The listening course leads up to a final exam at the end of the course which is based on a variety of music such as Popular Music and Western Classical.