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Accrington Academy offers a lively approach to BTEC Music, creating opportunities for students to develop their musicianship as a performer, composer or a listener!  There are 3 components to this creative BTEC.

Component 1: Performing

Throughout the year you will do a number of performances of a variety of genres. You will perform solos and ensembles, and you could also have the opportunity to explore performance through the medium of music technology. 

Component 2: Composing

Composing involves creating your own music in a variety of styles. One composition will be set to a brief, and the other will be completely free to a style that you prefer!

Component 3: Appraising

Appraising is listening to and analysing music from different genres. You will learn about a variety of styles of music, including: vocal music, instrumental music, music for film, pop music, jazz, fusions and new, modern music. You will then sit an exam and answer questions based on the music that you hear.

The course is delivered in a holistic manner, so in most lessons you will develop skills for all 3 components of the course. It is a lively, practical course with opportunities to explore a wide variety of different music from different eras and genres.

Component 1: Performing 35%/25%

Whether you choose 35% or 25% your recital will be watched by an external examiner at the end of Year 13. 

Component 2: Composing 25%/35%

You will create two compositions which get sent away for moderation.  

Component 3: Appraising 40%

This is an externally marked exam which lasts 2 hours.

There are many opportunities for students to get involved in trips and events. We hold an in house concert every full term and it is encouraged for all KS5 musicians to be involved. We are also often invited to be involved in larger events outside of school (for example, in the past year we have performed on BBC1 for an International rugby match, England vs New Zealand, and we have performed on a West End Stage in London, as well as local events in Lancashire.)

As well as these performance and composing opportunities, we also endeavour to take students out to see music live and to explore music in the world of work.

Students are expected to be involved with musical groups, including Vocal Adrenaline, Glee Club and the variety of school bands, e.g. steel pans or Drum Machine.

Music Staff

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Mrs L. Clarke

Mrs L. Clarke

Subject Leader Music

BMus (Hons) & PGCE Secondary Music  When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a pilot in...

Mrs L. Clarke

Mrs L. Clarke

Subject Leader Music

BMus (Hons) & PGCE Secondary Music 

When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a pilot in the RAF. When I discovered that I was too small to do this (couldn’t see over all of the dials in the cockpit) I decided that I would become a music teacher. All the way through school music was a huge passion of mine. I was in every singing group, and as many instrumental groups as I could be, and I made sure that I was at every concert and performance. I am a keen composer and I love to write music for different events, ensembles and purposes. My love of being a musician really drives my love of teaching- I am so lucky that I get to make music and share how fantastic being a musician is with students, every day!  In my spare time, I enjoy singing with my dog (he’s very talented), going hiking or doing water sports.  I also enjoy reading and baking.


Number of students predicted to achieve grade A* - C

Academy life, the shows and bands I have been in and the opportunities and more importantly the unwavering support of the amazing teachers made pursuing music at A level a No Brainer!

Madeleine Clegg


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