• Abbey College, Abbey Road, Hollow Lane, Ramsey Cambridgeshire PE26 1DG

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum covers a range of performing, composing and listening assessments throughout the year that focus on key skills. Pupils will develop their strengths in these identified key areas and focused sets of skills each term.


All assessments are a combination of practical and written work completed in class over a number of lessons, enabling students to develop vital skills required for success at GCSE level. Students are made aware of what they are being assessed on, and how, early on in the unit. These assessments are based on 3 components which have been devised from the GCSE specifications.

Component 1: Performing

Component 2: Composing

Component 3: Listening & Appraising

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, Music is assessed by Eduqas . Across the key stage, units are covered in detail which link to all areas of performing, composing and listening. With reflection on skills and content taught to students throughout Key Stage 3.

Performance Opportunities

Music students are encouraged to take part in events across the school, such as assemblies, open evenings and graduations, sometimes collaborating with each other and other times performing solo.  A termly concert, usually themed, gives plenty of opportunities to those who wish to perform.  During lockdown we have moved some of our work to online.  There are singing sessions and video performances available to anyone who wishes to take part. Information can be found on our social media platforms and on You Tube.  Please contact Mrs Carr on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to take part in any of this.  These virtual performances will continue even after school has recommenced until we are able to do live shows again.

ASCA Music Provision

The Abbey College is very lucky to have its own music provision which offers private music tuition to any student within the college and 9 of its feeder schools. Tuition is available from 9 experienced music teachers, on a variety of instruments including strings, woodwind, keyboards, vocals, percussion and also offers music theory lessons. Exams may be taken if required (both practical and theory), using ABRSM, Trinity and Rock School boards, from which UCAS points may be achieved. The school has been holding an ABRSM exam session every year from which the pass rate currently is 100%.  However, some students chose to learn for their own private enjoyment and this is equally encouraged. An annual music festival takes place in March at the Abbey College where students from all schools come together to perform. It is a hugely popular event and is very keenly supported within the community.

For further information contact Sarah Carr on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and take a look at our website http://ascamusic.org.uk

Music Staff

Mr Saul
Teacher of Music

Mrs Carr
Teacher of Musical Performance (ASCA)

Curriculum Plan