GCE Music (2016)

The CCEA GCE Music specification allows students to create and perform music which expresses their own interests and style.

This specification is available at two levels: AS and A2. Students can take the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification. They can also choose to take the AS course as a stand-alone qualification.

In the AS units, they study music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods right through to popular musicals and sacred vocal styles. Students who continue to A2 will get to explore, in greater depth, the orchestral music of the twentieth century alongside secular and sacred vocal music spanning over 400 years.

The specification has three units at AS and three units at A2:

  • Unit AS/A2 1: Performing
  • Unit AS/A2 2: Composing
  • Unit AS/A2 3: Responding to Music.

The AS units make up 40% of the full A level, and the A2 units make up 60%.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2016
First award of AS level: from Summer 2017
First award of A level: from Summer 2018
QAN AS level: 601/8495/4
QAN A level: 601/8496/6
Guided learning hours AS level: 180
Guided learning hours A level: 360
Qualification level: 3
Subject Code: 7010

Skills developed through our GCE Music

This specification builds on learning from Key Stage 4 and gives students opportunities to continue to develop the Cross-Curricular Skills and the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.

Students complete a solo performance and an accompanying viva voce. They develop skills in singing and/or playing an instrument of their own choice, and their ability to discuss their rationale, contextual information, technical challenges and stylistic conventions.

When composing, students develop their ability to create, organise and develop musical ideas, use harmony effectively, use instrumental and textural resource effectively, make use of music technology, and analyse and reflect on their work.

For more information on this specification contact:

Nicola Black
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2816
Nola Fitzsimons
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2235