RSL Music

What is a level 2 qualification?
The RSL certificate is a level 2 qualification, so carries the same weight as a GCSE. The course is fully approved by Ofqual in recognition of its content and level of assessment. This means the qualification is equivalent to a GCSE and will be recognised by most higher establishments such as sixth forms, colleges, universities, apprenticeships and future employers. The qualification also links to the RSL Level 3 subsidiary diploma in performance currently being offered at Arthur Terry sixth form, which at A* level equates to the equivalent of 1.5 A Levels. 

What does the course include?
The course is heavily influenced by the modern-day music industry, written by musicians for musicians.  The modules studied throughout the course are: 

Live Performance (8 credits)
10 – 15-minute live stage performance to an audience based around a set brief.
Controlled assessment which is externally marked by RSL

Composing Music (8 credits)
Students demonstrate their ability as a composer within a specific music style of their choice using Logic Pro X.  
Internally marked by department staff. 

Music Style Development (4 credits)
Students demonstrate their understanding of contemporary music styles.
Internally marked by department staff. 

How will I be assessed? 
There is no written examination, the course is built upon coursework modules and providing evidence of meeting set learning outcomes, unlike most linear GCSE’s. Students will earn credits for each module completed which will contribute to their overall grade of either (Pass, Merit, Distinction).


  • All playing styles and instruments (including voice) are recognized on this course
  • Students will complete this course within the Autumn term of Year 11 – resulting in one less pressure during the exams period. 
  • The volume of work to be completed is similar to a GCSE – meaning expectations are the same. 
  • Students will need to be able to either play an instrument or sing in order to access this course, however, there is no minimum ability requirement. 

Contact: Mr D Loffman, Music Teacher