Why study Music?

Music at GCSE combines performing, composing and appraising. Students are challenged both academically and practically, and there is an expectation to take part in the vibrant extracurricular life of the department. Students should be at grade 4 or equivalent standard on their first instrument or voice before starting the course. As well as academic rigour, music is practically demanding too, requiring students to master either an instrument or their voice to a high standard to achieve top grades.

Music challenges a student’s ability to work alongside others to achieve a common goal; life skills are nurtured throughout this course. As a result of these components, universities value Music as a qualification as it demonstrates students’ creativity, dedication, commitment and organisation skills. Music GCSE is a highly recognised qualification which is beneficial regardless of the career path you choose to follow.



Ms Sophie Wetherell

Head of Music

Although a classically trained musician, Sophie caught the ‘Musical Theatre bug’ whilst at school and directed her first musical whilst a student in Y13 – Blood Brothers.  Since then she has been Musical Director for a number of amateur, semi-professional and school productions, including West Side Story, Les Miserables, The Sound of Music, Billy Elliot and The Wizard of Oz.



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