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Studying Music enables young people to develop many core skills whether it be physical, emotional, perceptual or intellectual. There are many transferrable skills that are learnt in Music that can be applied to the whole curriculum as well as the world of work, such as creativity, teamwork, independent learning and self-evaluation, as well as the development of self-confidence and discipline. The Music department aims to instil these key skills and experiences in pupils through empowering exploration of creativity in an accepting environment.

At Bitterne Park School all Key Stage 3 students receive one fifty minute lesson of Music per week Those who wish to study Music at Key Stage 4 can choose from GCSE or BTEC Music and students can also continue to study music beyond this in our new Sixth Form.

The Music Department offers an extensive range of extra-curricular trips and opportunities, including learning an instrument, participating in an overseas tour, and taking a role in a production. As part of the Performing Arts Faculty, the Music Department is at the heart of the Bitterne Park School Community.

The aims of the Music Department are:

  • To foster students’ enjoyment of music making
  • To develop the core skills of listening and appraising, performing and composing
  • To promote team-work, creativity and self-confidence
  • To have high expectations of students’ achievement and behaviour
  • To ensure that the curriculum and resources remain current
  • To ensure that students achieve their full academic potential in the subject

Key stage 3

Students learn Music for one 50 minute lesson during Year 7. Units of work taught centre around the key skills of performing, composing and listening and appraising.

In Years 7, students build on work done at Key Stage 2 through a range of performing and composing topics that focus on rhythm and keyboard work. Topics studied include African Music, Gospel Songs, The Blues, Programme Music and Radio Jingles. In all units students are encouraged to work in a range of different groupings, and develop their compositional and performance skills

Furthering their educational journey, students in Years 8 and 9 have access to a range of technology, including a suite of Applemac computers and a state of the art recording studio. They apply the skills and knowledge from Year 7 into new context, through using the technology for projects such as Club Dance Music, Film Music and creating Cover Songs. The aim of the curriculum in Years 8 and 9 is to instil the skills and knowledge necessary for Key Stage 4 whilst maintaining an enjoyable and innovative curriculum.

Key stage 4

We currently offer both GCSE and BTEC Music at Key Stage 4. For GCSE Music, we follow the EDEXCEL specification, which is divided into three units; Performing, Composing, and Listening and Appraising. Students receive three 50 minute lessons a week, which integrate elements of all three units to enable application of skills taught into composing and performing. Students are expected to submit two performances and two compositions, and sit a listening examination, which is based on the set works taught in the listening and appraising unit.

For BTEC Level 2 Music, we also follow the EDEXCEL specification. This is a predominantly practical course that enables students to develop their skills in using a range of music technology in a vocational way, whilst gaining an appreciation of music in industry. Students complete units of work using both the recording studio and Applemac computers, as well as a research project on careers in the music industry.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 we currently offer A Level Music,and BTEC Level 3 Music Technology

A Level Music follows the EDEXCEL specification. Both the AS and A2 courses are based around the core units of Performing Music, Composing and Developing Musical Understanding. At AS level, students are expected to deliver a 5 minute performance, which is recorded. They also complete a three minute composition, and a two-hour listening examination which is based on set works taught throughout the year.

BTEC Level 3 Music Technology follows the EDEXCEL specification. This is a predominantly practical course, that enables students to apply the skills learnt at Level 2 to enable work of a near professional standard. Students complete units of work using both the recording studio and Applemac computers, as well as learning how to maintain and repair backline instruments and manage and organise a live event.

Facilities & Resources

Main building

Room 1-19, suite of Applemac computers, recording studio, 3 practice rooms

Room 1-18, suite of Applemac computers

There are four practice rooms adjacent to the Music teaching classrooms where students receive peripatetic tuition and participate in smaller group work.

Sixth Form

Room FFO3 – suite of Applemac computers, recording studio, 2 practice rooms

Sixth Form Theatre

Trips & Extra Curricular Activities

The Music department has an extensive extra-curricular programme, both independently and in conjunction with the other Performing Arts departments, and we are immensely proud of what we achieve in this area on a yearly basis. We offer an extensive range of extra- curricular groups including our choir, jazz band, folk band, wind band, big band and string group. We run regular trips to concerts and the theatre, both locally and nationally, and embark on a European tour bi-annually.


Miss S Moore – (Head of Performing Arts)

Mrs R Fowler – (Music Coordinator)

Mr P Overton – (Music Teacher & Head of Sixth Form)

Mr M Robertson – (Music Teacher & Head of Year 11)

Mr C Foster – (Acting Music Coordinator)

Mr G Morley – Music Teacher