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The music curriculum at Key Stage 3 is largely creative in its focus. Strands running through each year are taught through interesting and varied topics covering all areas of music. The curriculum combines performing, composing and listening in an inspiring and an academically challenging way, with no requirement for additional instrumental lessons in order to be able to access the full course. Composition is taught predominantly through doing, and pupils also use notation based software (Sibelius) and sequencing software (Ableton Live).

Additionally, pupils in Year 7 all study a major choral work, and have the opportunity to take part in a performance in Leicester’s De Montfort Hall, while Year 8 focus on songwriting. The Year 9 curriculum is optional, but inclusive to all pupils with no particular musical specialty needed. It is designed to develop pupils’ creative skills as well as their analytical skills, so it is a very practical course.


Music GCSE is an interesting, challenging and inspiring course. You will improve your understanding of all types of music and how it is created, developing a life-long love of music. There are also many benefits of studying music at this level, for example encouraging emotional development, aural appreciation, self-discipline, and creativity.

We follow the AQA specification (see more here), which incorporates into the course a large element of variety and choice; the course is split into three units: performing, composing and understanding music.

If you enjoy music and want to discover more about the subject, GCSE Music would be a great choice. As part of the course we would expect you to be taking instrumental/vocal lessons to support your performance. Pupils studying for GCSE Music are able to make full use of the music facilities to develop their skills through the extensive programme of choirs, ensembles, lectures and workshops.


(AQA) is an incredibly diverse course, encompassing a variety of practical and academic approaches to the study of music. The course enables students to develop highly-desirable skills in areas such as independent learning, self-management, teamwork, problem-solving, communication and creativity. Music A-Level is highly regarded by universities and music colleges (conservatoires) alike, and is a pathway to almost any degree course. Taught in mixed classes across all three senior schools in our state-of-the-art facilities, the additional support for any musician at Loughborough Schools Foundation is unrivalled. In addition to the timetabled allocation (10 periods a week) most students will also be entitled to a repertoire session (half an hour a week) supporting performance skills. There are also numerous ensembles and choirs available for students to access, which are a must for any serious A-Level musician.