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Component  Requirements Assessment  Weighting
Composition 1 Written to a Brief and based on one area of study.
To be performed.
15% Internally recorded and assessed and sent off for moderation


Composition 2 Written to a brief and based on another area of study. 15% Internally recorded and assessed and sent off for moderation
  • Pupils are to be given 'Briefs' which should describe the stimulus for the composition. A brief should include some or all of - purpose, resources, effect, time and place.  Pupils may also write their own briefs.
  • The two pieces must last a minimum of three minutes in TOTAL.
  • Each submission must comprise of a notated score or written commentary; a recording; and the pro forma 'Understanding the Brief' which appraises their composing and performing activities in relation to the brief and the Area of Study.
  • Two compositions, two arrangements or one of each may be submitted.
  • ASSESSMENT: Each composition is marked out of 30 using certain criteria. 20 marks are allocated to Core criteria and a further 10 to Optional criteria. Candidates need to select two of the latter appropriate to each of the pieces they have composed. Full details in the syllabus.

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Last Updated 18 February 2002

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