Burnside High School Burnside High School

Cambridge Music

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr C. Petch.

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 10 Music AND HOD approval

The 11MUO course follows the Cambridge Exam syllabus (iGCSE).  In addition, students taking Cambridge Music in 11MUO will automatically collect all relevant NCEA INTERNAL credits listed below as much of the course content is able to be cross-credited ie no additional work or assessment is required

The Cambridge Music syllabus comprises the following elements:

Performance - 30%. Two pieces of solo performance and one group performance are required. These are internally assessed and externally moderated by Cambridge examiners.

Composing - 30%. Two contrasting compositions must be completed. These are internally assessed and externally moderated by Cambridge examiners

Listening - 40%. An externally assessed listening/written exam.

Following external moderation and assessment, one holistic grade for the course will be awarded by the Cambridge Examination Board in the range A*-E

Full details of the Cambridge iGCSE can be found here: 


Students selecting this course are required to take weekly lessons on their instrument in addition to the classroom lessons. These lessons may be accessed through the school's Itinerant Music Teachers' scheme (free of charge) or with a private tutor outside of school (paid lessons). Please ask any of the Music Department staff for advice and help if you are unsure about your suitability for this course.

Learning Areas:

Creative Arts


Cambridge Level 2 Music

Career Pathways


Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$40.00 Course Contribution
$10.00 Course Workbook
Cambridge Music Entry Fee - amount to be confirmed. Financial assistance will be available to Cambridge Music students experiencing hardship.