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KS3 -

Students begin in Year 7 developing their performance, composition, listening and appraising skills through exploring how to read music, the elements of music, musical theatre, instrumental and vocal skills.

The Curriculum is linked closely with the National Curriculum and allows all learners to explore an exciting range of instrumentation and diverse musical styles and cultures.  It encourages creativity whilst always developing personal skills and strengths such as team work, confidence, problem solving, independence and resilience.  Every student has the opportunity to perform in the school Christmas concert and those that choose music in KS4 perform in a large scale production.

Key Stage 3


Year 7

Year 8

Autumn Term

How to read music

World music with rhythms
World music pitch

Spring Term

The elements of music

Instrumental skills
Improvisation and the Blues

Summer Term

Instruments and keyboard skills

Musical Theatre

Basslines, hooks and riffs
Singing skills through musical theatre

Key Stage 4 – BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Music specification (Qualification Number 600/6818/8)

Year 10 – BTEC TECH Award Music Level 1/2


Year 9

Year 10 -BTEC Tech Award

Year 11 – BTEC First Award

Autumn Term

Elements of music
Musical performance skills

Component 1: Exploring Musical Products and Styles

Unit 6: Recording Techniques

Spring Term

Introduction to music composition
Introduction to music technology

Component 1: Exploring Musical Products and Styles

Unit 3: Live Sound

Summer Term

Component 1: Exploring Musical Products and Styles

Component 2: Music Skills Development

Unit 1: Working in the Music Industry

In addition to the curriculum time at New College Leicester, we also offer an extra-curricular program. We have stretch and challenge opportunities. Concerts and performance every half term and we run a variety of trips to see musicals and concerts. We also work closely with Leicestershire Music Service to provide tuition and instrumental development.


  • Lunch – Stretch and challenge double bass project
  • Lunch – Music technology club


  • Lunch – Choir
  • After school – Musical theatre


  • Lunch – String lessons


  • Lunch – Music technology club
  • After school – Key stage 4 catch up


Musical Resources