GCSE Music Areas of Study List

View the compositions and songs featured in each UK GCSE Music syllabus

Playalong Library ▶ GCSE Music Areas of Study List

Here you can find each of the listed areas of study pieces featured at examination level in the UK but suitable for students of ages 14 and above.

On the right side of each table you can find which pieces we supply resources for and which ones we’re currently working on.

We choose repertoire from the current GCSE set works/areas of study which will lend themselves to classroom performance.  There are some popular songs which we are prohibited from reproducing due to licensing restrictions – these include set works from the AQA syllabus by Paul Simon.

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AQA

Visit the AQA website and full syllabus HERE

Area of StudyComposition/SongArtist/PerformerResource
Area of study 1: Western classical tradition 1650–1910Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622, 3rd movement, RondoMozart
Resource
Area of study 4: Western classical tradition since 1910Battle and Defeat of Napoleon and Intermezzo from Háry János SuiteZoltán KodályComing
soon

 

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Edexcel

Visit the Edexcel website and full syllabus HERE

Area of StudyComposition/SongArtist/PerformerResource
Instrumental Music 1700–18203rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D majorJ S BachComing
soon
Vocal MusicKiller Queen (from the album ‘Sheer Heart Attack’)Queen
Resource
Music for Stage and ScreenDefying Gravity (from the album of the cast recording of Wicked)S SchwartzComing
soon
Music for Stage and ScreenMain title/rebel blockade runner - Star Wars Episode IV: A New HopeJohn Williams
Resource
FusionsReleaseAfro Celt Sound SystemComing
soon

 

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Eduqas

Visit the Eduqas website and full syllabus HERE

Area of StudyComposition/SongArtist/PerformerResource
Set workBadinerie from Orchestral Suite No.2J S Bach
Resource
Set workAfricaToto
Resource
Set workHandbags and GladragsStereophonics
Resource
Area of Study 1: Musical Forms and DevicesDance of the Reed Pipes - The NutcrackerTchaikovskyComing
soon
Area of Study 1: Musical Forms and DevicesFossils - Carnival of the AnimalsCamille Saint-SaënsComing
soon
Area of Study 2: Musical for EnsembleThe Lonely Goatherd - The Sound Of MusicJulie AndrewsComing
soon
Area of Study 3: Film MusicLet The River Run - Working GirlCarly SimonComing
soon
Area of Study 4: Popular MusicEvery Breath You TakeThe Police
Resource
Area of Study 4: Popular MusicWonderwallOasisUpdate coming soon

 

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OCR

Visit the OCR website and full syllabus HERE

Area of StudyComposition/SongArtist/PerformerResource
3: Rhythms of the World - Traditional Eastern Mediterranean & Middle Eastern FolkVe’Shuv Itchem - Israeli Folk Dances Vol 1 (Hataklit label)Effi Netzer Band, Yonathon Gabay
Resource
4: Film MusicMain Theme - Out of AfricaJohn BarryComing
soon
4: Film MusicStar WarsJohn Williams
Resource
4: Film MusicHaloMartin O’Donnell, Michael Salvatori
Resource
5: Conventions of Pop - Rock ‘n’ Roll of the 50s & 60sHound DogElvis PresleyUpdate coming soon
5: Conventions of Pop - Rock ‘n’ Roll of the 50s & 60sSurfin’ USAThe Beach BoysComing
soon
5: Conventions of Pop - Rock Anthems of the 70s & 80sWe Will Rock YouQueen
Resource
5: Conventions of Pop - Rock Anthems of the 70s & 80sLivin’ On A PrayerBon Jovi
Resource
5: Conventions of Pop - Pop Ballads of the 70s, 80s & 90sWind Beneath My WingsBette MidlerComing
soon
5: Conventions of Pop - Solo Artists from the 90s to the Present DayCan’t Get You Outta My HeadKylie MinogueComing
soon

 

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WJEC

Visit the WJEC website and full syllabus HERE

Area of StudyComposition/SongArtist/PerformerResource
Area of study 1: Musical Forms and DevicesPeer Gynt Suite No.1: Anitra's DanceGreigComing
soon
Area of study 4: Popular MusicEverything Must GoManic Street PreachersComing
soon

 

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