The Music department plays a central role in the life at St Thomas More LC. It is a vital part of school worship, either in collective worship or at regular masses held in St Mary’s Church. There are many performance opportunities including a showcase each term.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students have two hour lessons per week. Students study a wide range of topics to prepare them for GCSE Music including Keyboard Skills, for example the Blues, Baroque Music, Film Music and Music in the Media. Students are strongly encouraged to use their own instruments for any practical tasks. There is the opportunity for composition work at  KS3 & 4 to be completed  in the Apple Mac suite which has the latest Garageband, Logic and Sibelius software. 


There are currently two GCSE Music groups in KS4 following the OCR specification made up of three key areas: Performing (30%), Composing (30%) Listening (40%).  There is instrumental and vocal tuition available to all students and GCSE music students are expected to play a leading role in the music enrichment activities.

Music programme of study


Students work towards both Associated Board of the Royal School of Music theory and practical music examinations Grades from 1 to 8 as well as Trinity rock school and music theatre exams. 

Enrichment Activities

There is a very strong tradition of high quality extra-curricular music-making. Our choirs and ensembles meet regularly and work towards regular concerts, services and other performance opportunities. We expect those students receiving instrument or vocal tuition play an active role in the musical life of the school by joining a relevant ensemble. The music department currently runs the College Choir, Jazz band and orchestra, plus other ensembles led by the students themselves. Our ensembles are often invited to play at concerts and events outside school recently these have included The Archbishop’s Reception at  Westminster, the Cadogan hall and the chapel at the houses of parliament.


Instrumental & Vocal Tuition

We have a dedicated team of peripatetic instrumental and vocal staff. Tuition is provided on the whole range of instruments the cost of which is subsidised by the school. Presently there are more than 150 students learning instruments and singing. 


Qualification Information
Examination Offered Options
Exam Specification
Progression options Assessment
Music GCSE

Click here for exam specification (2018)

A level; BTec


Terminal examinations and controlled assessments



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