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What is the course about?


Rockschool Level 2 Certificate in Music (Performing, Composing or Music Technology)

The Rockschool Level 2 Certificates are designed to prepare you to become a successful musician – whether that be a performer, a composer, or working with music technology.

Is this a GCSE?

The Rockschool Level 2 Certificate is equivalent to one GCSE. The advantages over a GCSE are that you can pick the pathway that is best suited to you, and you can study the music you want to study. The GCSE is much less flexible – it tells you exactly what you must study and has a written exam at the end.


Subject content:


In Year 9 & 10 you will develop your skills in all three pathways through a number of practical workshops, as well as completing one of the units towards the end of Year 10. You will develop your performance skills (singing or on instruments), develop your composing and songwriting skills, and also learn how to record music.

In Year 11 you will show off your abilities and complete the remaining coursework to the highest possible standard.

There are three pathways you can take, depending on your strengths:


Performing Pathway

  • Compulsory Unit: Live Music Performance (Controlled Assessment)
  • Optional Units: Choose one big unit and one small unit
  • Music Rehearsal Skills (big)
  • Instrumental Study (big)
  • Organising a Music Event (big)
  • Recorded Music Performance (big)
  • Contextualising Music (small)
  • Music Style Development (small)
  • Listening to Music (small)

Music Technology Pathway

  • Compulsory Unit: Live Sound Recording (Controlled Assessment)
  • Optional Units: Choose one big unit and one small unit
  • Composing Music (Solo) (big)
  • Composing Music (Style) (big)
  • Music Sequencing and Production (big)
  • Digital Recording and Production (big)
  • Podcast Production (big)
  • Remixing and Production (big)
  • Using a Keyboard with a DAW (big)
  • Using a Digital Audio Workstation (small)
  • Contextualising Music (small)
  • Music Style Development (small)
  • Listening to Music (small)

Composing Pathway

  • Compulsory Unit: Composing Music (Solo) (Controlled Assessment)
  • Optional Units: Choose one big unit and one small unit
  • Recorded Music Performance (big)
  • Composing Music (Style) (big)
  • Composing Music (Collaboration) (big)
  • Practical Harmony Application (big)
  • Arranging Music (big)
  • Composing Lyrics (small)
  • Contextualising Music (small)
  • Music Style Development (small)
  • Listening to Music (small)

How will I be assessed?

The course is 100% coursework based, but the compulsory unit is a Controlled Assessment and will be send off to the exam board. Each unit requires a mixture of written assessment and practical assessment.


Exam Board - RSL

Entry requirements


  • Good performance skills on at least one instrument (can include vocals)
  • A willingness to take lessons on that instrument
  • A willingness to perform to others (music is a performing art!)
  • A willingness to learn
  • An openness to new things and to learn about new styles of music
  • The ability to be supportive of your classmates