“Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life” – Ludwig Van Beethoven

Music education is vital to the development of the whole person, which develops a very specialized kind of knowledge that in itself offers a richness of wider educational experiences. Music education supports all other learning; Music is a Science; Music is Mathematical; Music is a language; Music is History; Music is a Physical Education; Music is an Art; Music is Spiritual, and above all, Music gives students a creative outlet, which exposes them to another sphere of learning.

Hendon School offers a variety of Instrumental Lessons to students on a one to one or group basis. The lessons are timetabled in curriculum time and rotate as not to disrupt lessons too much. Each lesson is 30/20 minutes long and students receive 10 per term, and the cost of tuition per term is £135 for 10x30minutes lessons or £90 for 10x20 minutes (£13.50/£9 per lesson). Lessons are currently available for:

·        Guitar/Bass

·        Voice

·        Percussion

·        Brass

·        Woodwind

·        Music Tech

·        Piano

We are in the process of updating our recording studio which will consist of ten Macintosh Computers, offering a creative suite to out KS4 and KS5 Music students. 

Students have three lessons per week

Exam board 


All information will be available from the link above.

Currently students are expected to complete:

Component 1: Understanding music

What's assessed?

  1. Listening
  2. Contextual understanding

How it's assessed?

Exam paper with listening exercises and written questions using excerpts of music.


Section A: Listening – unfamiliar music (68 marks)

Section B: Study pieces (28 marks)

 The exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes. This component is worth 40% of GCSE marks (96 marks).

Component 2: Performing music

As an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or via technology:

Performance 1: Solo performance (36 marks)

Performance 2: Ensemble performance (36 marks). A minimum of four minutes of performance in total is required, of which a minimum of one minute must be the ensemble performance.

This component is 30% of GCSE marks (72 marks).

Non-exam assessment (NEA) will be internally marked by teachers and externally moderated by AQA. Performances must be completed in the year of certification.

Component 3: Composing music

Composition 1: Composition to a brief (36 marks)

Composition 2: Free composition (36 marks)

A minimum of three minutes of music in total is required. This component is 30% of GCSE marks (72 marks).

Non-exam assessment (NEA) will be internally marked by teachers and externally moderated by AQA.





Year 10

Set Works/Performance

Set Works/Performance

Mock Exam/Composition

Year 11

Revision and Coursework Preparation

Coursework submission



Outside the classroom







Lunch Time

Guitar Ensemble

 Jazz Band

 Rock Band

 String Quartet

Chamber Choir

After School



 GCSE and KS3 HLP Intervention


We also host a variety of Musical Shows and performances throughout the year, including the Christmas Concert, Summer Concert, GCSE Performance Evening, School Musicals and some music competitions outside school.

We are revising our Music Leaders Programme, in which students will enter a programme of training to develop key skills needed to help out or run music events throughout the school year. Students will receive a lapel Badge to represent this achievement and be given a certificate of recognition

Progression pathways and careers

Students are able to complete level 2 and 3 courses in Music and Music Technology, allowing students to progress on to college or university to study music further.

Music and further Music Education can lead to a variety of industry cased work, including:

  • Artist/songwriter
  • Performer – Orchestra
  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Audio Producer
  • DJ
  • Creative Marketing
  • Royalties/copywriting 
  • Radio/Broadcasting
  • Session Musician
  • Artist Management
  • Booking Agent
  • Events Manager
  • Publishing
  • Record Label executive
  • Instrumental Tutor
  • Teacher
  • Lecturer
  • Vocal/Choral Leader
  • Stage Management
  • Artist PA
  • Marketing PR roles
  • Roadie

Useful links


Miss Gutian Zou Head of Music

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