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Hilbre High School Humanities College

Hilbre High School
Humanities College


The department is housed in a music suite with technological facilities and two practice rooms.

 Years 7 and 8 have music lessons weekly in mixed form groups. Music is taught in a very practical way giving students the opportunity to play and experience music.

GCSE students follow the AQA syllabus. Take up for GCSE is high and results are frequently excellent. We record compositions using professional recording equipment. Some examples can be found on the school website.

In the sixth form, we offer the Edexcel BTEC in Music performance. Students take advantage of our digital recording equipment and music specific computers. We currently run Sibelius, Cubase, and Acid Pro software and have a 16 track digital recording desk.

Instrumental Lessons:

We currently offer instrumental tuition in the following areas:

  • Brass
  • Woodwind
  • Drums/Percussion
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Singing

Students have the opportunity to start tuition in Year 7 and sometimes later.

Extra-curricular activities:

There are many opportunities to get involved in musicmaking at Hilbre.

We offer:

  • Choir
  • School band
  • Jazz band
  • Flute choir
  • Guitar group
  • Woodwind group
  • School Pantomime
  • Shows – Jesus Christ Superstar, Fame, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Little Shop of Horrors, We Will Rock You, Grease and Fame

Musical interests are encouraged and students regularly use our facilities to form their own bands. Concerts and musical productions are an integral part of school life.

Key Stage 3


Year 7

Year 8


The elements of Music

  • Notating and composing using rhythm
  • Keyboard Skills

Composing and notating using ternary form

  • Chinese Music


Instruments of the Orchestra

Film Music

  • The Beatles – Playing chord sequences



Class Band

Key Stage 4 – AQA GCSE Music
Lessons are split between the 3 areas assessed in the exam



Theory and Listening

1: Understanding music

Exam paper with listening exercises and written questions

The exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

This component is worth 40% of GCSE marks (96 marks).    


2: Music performance

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

  • Performance 1: Solo performance
  • Performance 2: Ensemble performance

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


3: Composing Music

  • Composition 1: Composition to a brief
  • Composition 2: Free composition

A minimum of three minutes of music in total is required.

This component is 30% of GCSE marks

  • Peripatetic instrumental lessons can be arranged on any instrument
  • School Band
  • Choir
  • School Show
  • Talent Show
  • School Concerts
  • Use of the schools recording equipment
  • Year 11 theory sessions
  • Year 11 Coursework sessions are available each night after school
  • Rehearsal rooms are available to use at break, lunch and after school