GCSE Music

  • Teaching from: September 2016
  • Exams from: June 2018
  • Specification code: 8271
  • QAN code: 601/8361/5

We're confident you'll find our new GCSE Music specification inspiring, interesting and practical to teach. 

Our new qualification will motivate and stretch students of all abilities, equipping them with the skills and experience to succeed at GCSE and go on to further study. 

Music technology is fully integrated, and many areas of study have artists or composers who have written works in this format. Students can perform and compose using technology.

Our specification appreciates all styles and genres, skills and instruments, catering for different learning styles and musical tastes.


Specification at a glance

Specimen papers and mark schemes

Teaching resources



Prepare for your teaching year. Information, support and services to help you deliver the specification.

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Teaching resources that you can use to plan your lessons and support your students’ learning.

All teaching resources



Prepare your students for assessment. Specimen and past papers, mark schemes, example answers.

All assessment resources

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