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The Music Department teaches in mixed ability groups.

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

Key Staff

  •  Mr T. Murray -  Head of Music

 Key Stage 3 - Years 7,8 and 9

Music Milestone Assessment Schedule 2022/23

At KS3 students are taught in mixed ability classes twice a fortnight in our two specially equipped music rooms where they work with the three strands of music – performing, composing and appraising.

As students progress through the school we start to incorporate aspects of Music Technology.

Areas of Study include:

  • The Elements of Music
  • Indian Music
  • Video Game Music
  • Programme music
  • The Blues
  • Film Music

Key Stage 4  (GCSE, Exam board Eduqas) - Years 10 and 11

Music is a popular GCSE subject at The Willink School. Following the Eduqas specification students further develop their musical skills through listening, performance and composition. Students study a broad range of music from Popular Music to Classical Music and Film to Music Theatre which form the basis of the listening exam. Students must also complete 2 compositions, and a solo and ensemble performance as coursework, which make up 60% of the GCSE.

Key Stage 5 (A Level) - Years 12 and 13

Music A level takes a deeper and more analytical look at listening, composing and performing, offering a challenging and stimulating course for developing musicians. Students are empowered to take the lead as we study a variety of set works in depth, develop composition techniques leading to a final composition, and produce a short recital performance on their chosen instrument or voice. We follow the AQA specification.

Music Course Guide - Key Stage 5


There are a variety of extra-curricular opportunities within Music at the Willink:

These include:

  • Choir
  • Training band (instrumentalists up to grade 3)
  • Concert band (instrumentalists above grade 3)
  • Chamber group (instrumentalists above grade 6)
  • Music tech club


Last Updated March 2023