Sedgehill Music department has an established and continuing legacy for developing musical talent. It offers many opportunities across all year groups and students can aspire musically to do anything they want. We offer a variety of instrument and voice lessons on a one to one or small group basis as well as having the opportunity to give every student, who starts in year 7, an instrument. We have state of the art music technology facilities including our very own fully furnished recording studio. This is where our established award winning urban vocal choir ‘Vocalize’ records and rehearses with our musician in residence who can share his knowledge from the profession. ‘Vocalize’ have had opportunities to perform in well-established venues across the UK including the Royal Albert Hall on more than one occasion. As well as this, we have a school band and small instrumental groups that cater for musicians from beginner to advanced level with opportunities to perform in many venues in and out of Sedgehill School.


Sedgehill School has recently been lucky enough to become part of the music programme run by the Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MiSST). This means all year 7 students are loaned a violin, a viola or flute, which they learn during curriculum lessons. All students learn how to read music notation and develop an understanding of music theory. They perform as soloists and in an orchestra and are rewarded with opportunities to play in prestigious London venues. Students will explore the following skills through learning their instrument:

Year7:  Solo performance and technical skills, Ensemble performance skills, Improvisation skills;
Year 8:  Solo performance and realisation (recording), Ensemble Performance and realisation (recording), Compositional skills;
Year 9:   Solo Performance towards a qualification, Ensemble performance and analysis, Compositional skills in a variety of genres.

Students are assessed on their performance, composition, listening and appraisal giving them the opportunities to access all areas of the industry.


Year 10
Edexel 1MU0

Component 1

Performing 30% 2 performances
Solo - minimum 1 piece -minimum 1 minute
Ensemble - minimum 1 piece -minimum 1 minute
Together total minimum of 4 minutes across the solo and ensemble pieces
Minimum total 2 pieces 30 marks each
Total of 60 Marks

Component 2

Composing 30% 2 compositions
1 to set brief – minimum 1 minute
1 free composition – minimum 1 minute
Together total minimum of 3 minutes 2 pieces 30 marks each
Total of 60 marks

Component 3

Appraising 40% Exam 4 Areas of Study with 2 Set Works each:
Instrumental Music 1700–1820
Vocal Music
Music for Stage and Screen
Exam 1hr 45mins
Total of 80 marks

Year 11
OCR GCSE Music J535

Students will develop candidates’ own musical interests and skills including an understanding of how to make music individually and in groups and enable candidates to evaluate their own and others’ music,
B351 (30%): A solo performance, composition for your chosen instrument and a written commentary evaluating their performance and planning ideas for their commentary.

B352 (30%):  A portfolio containing an ensemble performance, a composition or arrangement relating to dance, descriptive or ensemble music and a log of their compositional process and evaluation of their composition.

B353 (20%): A timed task drawing on understanding gained from an area of study, in which candidates develop a short piece and communicate it, based on a stimulus.

B354 (20%): A listening paper assessing knowledge and understanding from a variety of topics across the eras and across the world.


BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performing)

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through a variety of units. It is a two-year course which offers UCAs points equivalent to one A- Level. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter. Students will participate and put on a variety of live performances in a variety of communal and school events.  Units studied on the course are:

  • Music Performance Techniques
  • Working and Developing as a musical ensemble
  • Music Project
  • Music Performance Session Styles
  • Music Solo Performance
  • Composing Music
  • Live Music Workshop
  • Improvising Music in a Jazz Style