Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

NOTE: CCEA will not be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012

Specification

Specification
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 August 2012
(Version 8) For first teaching from September 2009, for first award in Summer 2011. NOTE: CCEA will NOT be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012

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In GCSE Music, students must complete one compulsory area of study: Repeated Patterns in Music. They must also complete two optional areas of study from a choice of three. The optional areas of study are:

  • Musical Traditions in Ireland;
  • Incidental Music; and
  • Vocal Music.

The areas of study cover a wide range of musical styles and genres from around 1650 to the present day. We have chosen the set pieces as typical examples from this period.

Students are assessed on their ability to:

  • compose and appraise;
  • perform and appraise; and
  • listen and appraise.

For more information, see the specification.