Allerton High School, Leeds
West Yorkshire LS17 7AG

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Curriculum Team Leader

Mr C Cockerill –



Across Key Stage 3 students will integrate all the elements of music within lessons to develop themselves as a more rounded musician through listening, composing and performing. Within this, they will learn more about instruments, music from different countries and cultures, and participate in discussion and group work to raise their awareness of others, both in the context of performing and also in terms of other peoples' opinions about music. They will learn how to appreciate music across a wide variety of genres and also how to evaluate their own and others' work, both in terms of quality and creativity. Music technology is integrated within all areas studied, giving students the opportunity to experience the various aspects of ICT within Music.


Year 7 Topics:

  • Musical Language

  • Introduction to the Keyboard

  • Pictures at an Exhibition

  • Pop Music

  • Form and Structure


Year 8 Topics

  • Music for Dance

  • Introduction to Improvisation

  • Hooks and Riffs

  • Hip-Hop and Rap

  • Music and the Media



In year 10 and/or year 11, students can opt to study BTEC Music, following the Edexcel specification. The BTEC Level 2 Award and Certificate in Music is a modular unit course covering performing and composing with an emphasis on the Music Industry of today. ICT is used in both performing and composing and there will be opportunities to use the department’s recording studio.


Units studied for the Level 2 Award:

The Music Industry

Managing a Music Product

Introducing Music Composition

Introducing Music Performance


Units studied for the Level 2 Certificate - all of the above, plus:

Introducing Live Sound

Music Ensemble (double unit)

Music Specification Part 1

Music Specification Part 2



The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performing) develops students’ performing skills over a two year period. Students will study (among other areas) many different performing styles, how to practice effectively, developing confidence and how to achieve a successful performance. Students also develop their writing skills and their ability to keep an accurate log of their musical activities.


Students study six units over two years and the Award is equivalent to a full A level qualification, carrying the same UCAS points:

  • Music Performance Techniques

  • Pop Music In Practice

  • Working And Developing As A Musical Ensemble

  • Aural Perception Skills

  • Music Project

  • The Music Freelance World

Music Specification



Currently, we are able offer tuition in the following areas: all woodwind instruments, piano/keyboard, drumkit, guitar/bass guitar, strings, brass and voice. Specialist tutors visit school every week to give these lessons where they will prepare students for performances and exams.



Extra-curricular activities are available at various times in the Music Department. These include AHS Singers, Samba Band, Concert Band, Jam Session and Theory club. The department is open most breaks, lunchtimes and after school for students to make use of the facilities.

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