RSL Music Performance is comprised of three different units of work. Each unit of work is practical and focuses on making and performing music. This is supported by some written work that evidences the practical work.

Students are given five hours over the two-week timetable. It is expected that students will continue to practice their instrument and arrange their own rehearsal in their own time. It is also expected that students will attend extra curricular activities where possible to enhance their musicality. Due to the nature of practical work, especially where students are working in bands, a high attendance is essential in order to fulfil potential.


NCFE Music Technology is comprised of four different units of work. Throughout the delivery of this course, the following core areas and transferable skills will be taught toall students; reviewing their own work and others’ work, communication skills, planning and experimentation and health and safety. There is a practical and written exam.


Students perform a solo and an ensemblepiece (which must be a minimum of one minute). In total both performances must last a minimum of four minutes. This component is work 30% of the final grade.

Students compose two pieces. Composition 1: Composition to a brief is where the exam board set a specific brief and students must fulfil this brief. Composition 2: Free composition can be the free choice of the student. This component is work 30% of the final grade.

The Listening Paper / Understanding Music is the formal exam which is one hour thirty minutes and is worth 40%. Section A is the listening part of the exam on unfamiliar music. Students will be asked to answer questions on the excerpts played. Section B is the contextual understanding of the study pieces. Students will study set works throughout the course and are then asked questions on them in the exam.

Students receive five hours of teaching time over the two-week timetable. In class, time will be allocated to practice the performances, complete the composition tasks and to learn, practice and prepare for the listening exam and study pieces. It is expected that students will continue to practice their instrument in their own time and to learn their musical vocabulary that will be required for their exam. Where possible, it is highly recommended that the student receive a peripatetic lesson on their instrument as the peripatetic teacher can give specific technical advice on how to improve on their instrument.