Music, Drama & Performing Arts

Music Tuition information and form – click to download below.


Autumn Application for FSM Funding – Music Tuition

Head of Department

Mr P Osborne

The Music, Performing Arts & Drama Department at Cwmbran High is a busy, vibrant department providing numerous opportunities for student success through both a varied curriculum and a varied extra-curricular timetable.

This success of this department is a result of teachers and pupils having excellent working relationships where teachers have high expectations of students’, deliver challenging lessons and identify and act upon underachievement, enabling pupils to achieve their full potential.

The department has chosen courses at exam level that best suit the strengths of our students. At Key Stage 4 we offer GCSE Music and Drama, alongside BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts which caters for students with a flair for dance/acting/music/marketing and technical production support. At Key Stage 5 we offer Music and Theatre Studies A level and BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts.

Each classroom has a set of laptops for pupil use and we have 15 Apple Mac computers to enhance the learning of our students.


Extra-curricular activities within the department include a whole school choir and several instrumental ensembles/bands. The students are given many opportunities to perform to the public in regular Charity Concerts (where funds raised are donated to a charity of the students’ choice), a Christmas Carol Service, Christmas concerts in the community and an end of year whole school production.


The music curriculum at all levels is split into three key learning areas; performing, composing and appraising. Units of work are planned to incorporate all three of these areas as well as improving the literacy, numeracy, teamwork, communication and self-evaluation skills of students. Students are assessed at the end of each unit of work and given a level along with feedback on how to improve their work for the next assessment.


Year 7 Autumn Term

Year 7 Spring Term

Year 7 Summer Term

1a. Rhythm and the Elements

2a.Welsh Music

3a. March & Waltz

1b. Axis of Awesome

2b.Carnival of the Animals

3b. Musical Features –”Chasing Cars”

Year 8 Autumn Term

Year 8 Spring Term

Year 8 Summer Term

1a. Reggae – “Three Little Birds”

2a.Composing Welsh Music

3a. Theme & Variations

1b. Drums & Rhythms of the World

2b. Chromaticism

3b. Pop – “Next To Me”

Year 9 Autumn Term

Year 9 Spring Term

Year 9 Summer Term

1a. 9.11 Composition

2a. The Blues

3a. Film music

1b. Riffs – “Somebody That I Used to


2b. The Beatles

3b. Musical Futures Project



UNIT 1: Performing Music 30 % Controlled Assessment

UNIT 2: Composing Music 30%Controlled Assessment

UNIT 3: Appraising Music 40%External Assessment

Two contrasting performances. One solo and one as a member of an ensemble.

Two contrasting compositions

-1½ hour listening / written examination based on unprepared musical extracts under each of the Areas of Study and an evaluation of a performance/composition undertaken during the course.

Areas of Study

These objectives will be taught through performing, composing and appraising activities based on the four areas of study:

    • Music in Wales
    • Music for Stage and Screen
    • Music Evolution
    • Musical Forms and Devices

The specification, sample assessment material and assessment information can be found here:


The Drama department at Cwmbran High School is situated in a dedicated performance suite in the Upper School building and comprises of a Drama Studio, equipped with performance quality sound and lighting equipment and a technical box, as well as a classroom for theory based learning.

The success of the department is based on fast paced, well-structured and challenging lessons that students find fun and engaging. The school’s robust assessment and recording procedures ensure students’ progress is closely monitored every half-term. Students then receive quality feedback and targets for improvement as well as any support required to achieve their potential.

The KS3 curriculum focuses on developing students’ ‘soft’ skills; raising their self-esteem, confidence and inter-personal skills through drama based projects that support the PSE and SEAL curriculums.

Year 9, some students begin to study topics from the KS4 curriculum, learning about theatre practitioners and approaches to devised work.

The pace and challenge continues at KS4, where students complete the WJEC GCSE Drama course.