This course has been specifically designed for pupils with special educational needs or disability (SEND). The OCR GCSE Music qualification provides a contemporary, accessible, and creative education in music with an integrated approach to the three main elements – performing, composing, and appraising.


The OCR GCSE Music qualification is designed to appeal to, and cater for a wide range of interests, instruments, personalities and directions. The new specification offers a range of opportunities to study diverse and traditional fields, and encourages learners to experiment in their own performing, composing and listening as well as develop interest in and enthusiasm for all aspects of their musical heritage.


The OCR GCSE Music syllabus enables pupils to progress on to A Level Music and/or develop their skills as a performer or composer.


The Teacher

Hello. I am Head of Music at Cambridge Home School. I am an Oxford University Music graduate with 13 years of tutoring and classroom experience. I have taught Music to countless numbers of students it in all of its various manifestations: Academic Music (up to A Level), Performance (Saxophone, Piano, Jazz, and Improvisation), Music Theory, Musical Analysis, Aural Skills, etc. In addition to my specialisms of Analysis and Composition, I am also a professional saxophonist and have performed in famous venues worldwide with many renowned musicians. This wide-ranging experience serves well for delivering instruction in all aspects of the GCSE music course – performing, composing, and appraising.


Course Overview

  • Entry Requirements: 10 years or over, No previous music qualifications required. Enthusiastic beginner are welcome!
  • Programme 1 or 2 years typically but can be extended: available all year around - enroling now.
  • Requirements: broadband connection / Instrument or other means of performance (sequencer, decks, etc.). Means of recording performances (the recording function on smart phones/tablets should suffice but a microphone or recording device would be even better). Means of recording composition e.g. manuscript paper, music software (notation software / DAW / sequencer, etc.), audio recording accompanied by written account
  • Progression: to A Level Music
  • Accreditation: Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR).
  • Tuition: Face to face, one to one - unlimited

How It Works

Students receive access to their own online studio where they can work through their course. Units and assignments are listed along with supporting resources, video tutorials for skills development, step by step guides etc. Audio, video and Word files of students' completed work are uploaded to their college e portfolio for assessment and constructive, friendly written feedback on how to progress. Additionally students are invited to attend optional LIVE interactive online lessons at timetabled times. If students can't make the lessons they can watch them in their own time so they won't miss any of the course content. The fully qualified and experienced school music teacher is available for feedback via email and messager. Students are invited to discuss their progress and receive face to face verbal feedback, encouragement and support. Students may also benefit from relationships with their fellow online students as they can view profiles and comment on each others' art work if they wish.


Homework will be given each lesson, and will usually consist of music analysis, composition, and performance practice.


Teacher assessments are continuous during LIVE TAUGHT lessons, monitoring and marking of non-exam assessments, and summative tests.


Parents have 24/7 access to all of their children's coursework.

Additionally, the school holds 3 parent consultations per year - one each term.

Structure Of The Course


The course will follow the current OCR GCSE specification.


The course will be based on the textbook recommended for the OCR GCSE.

This specification is well-regarded among colleges and universities due to its integrated structure allowing learners to grasp the interconnection of all aspects of Music practice and appreciation, and thereby giving a firm basis from which to springboard into A-level and beyond.

GCSE Music is split into three components:

Integrated Portfolio (30% of the mark) including:

1Performance on the learner's chosen instrument.

2Composition to a brief set by the learner.

Practical Component (30% of the mark) including:

3Ensemble performance.

4Composition to a board-set brief.


Listening Exam (40% of the mark) testing:

5Listening and appraisal skills related to four areas of study.

6Notation skills.

Download Syllabus - Here

Recommended textbook

Guinane, David, Hanh Doan, and Steven Berryman. OCR GCSE Music Study Guide. Rhinegold Education, 2016.




Annual fee £2000. It is possible for motivated pupils who are supported at home (submit assignments on time and take teachers advice) for pupils to pass the course in one year. Additional annual tuition can be purchased to continue the course for as long as the pupil requires.


LEAS and schools can pay for this course by forwarding a purchase order. Pupils can often start their course the same day! OCAD is added to the EHC Plans of many pupils so do contact us


Limited Places

Contact us

Fully Accredited Art College

OCAD is part of the Cambridge Online Education Group - Company number 06594953

Registered UK Learning Provider 10033485



Have an art website or just love Art & Design. Why not tell people about OCAD and earn an extra income? Join our partner programme

Contact Us

83a High Street, Stevenage, Hertfordshire


0800 612 0439

+44800 612 0439


Say Hello & Make Friends

We have a well established online community of art & design lovers

Copyright © All Rights Reserved

Jasper Roberts - Blog