Belfast Royal Academy - founded 1785




Key Stage 3

Pupils undertake a wide range of practical / listening / creative tasks designed to motivate and inform. In addition, there is a continuous assessment procedure in place, designed to ensure that each pupil develops an understanding of a number of basic key concepts as to how music works as an art form.

GCSE – CCEA Specification

The areas of study cover a wide range of musical styles and genres from around 1650 to the present day. Students are assessed on their ability to perform with technical control, expression and interpretation; compose, create and develop musical ideas with technical control and coherence; and listen analyse and evaluate music using musical terminology.

AS/A2 – CCEA Specification

The revised GCE Music qualification is made up of two parts: AS and A2. The AS can be taken as a ‘stand-alone’ qualification without progression to A2. However, to gain a full GCE, students must complete both parts of the course. The course is divided into four units. Students must study two units at AS level and a further two units at A2 level.