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Chilton Music School - Academic Study


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Chilton Music School - Academic Study


The purpose of Chilton Music School is to give talented musicians the opportunity to prepare thoroughly for future study. This means they require the skills and qualifications to study anywhere in the world. The school is proud to offer an international qualification – the Cambridge Assessment International Education.
The curriculum is flexible, challenging, inspiring and international in approach. Cambridge students develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning, as well as the essential skills they need for success at tertiary level and in their future careers.
Integration of music

The timetable for the Chilton Music School incorporates time for both academic study for CAIE and an equal amount of time to focus on music.

Students in their first year of CMS will have to make sure they have numeracy. If they do not, this study will be built into their first year. In their final two years, AS Music and AS Literature are compulsory in Year 1 and A Level Music is compulsory in Year 2.

The other subjects for study will be arranged in consultation with the student, the Principal and the Director of the Chilton Music School. Students will enter the Chilton Music School at different stages. However, there are important courses they must complete.

Qualifying for tertiary study

In order for a student to gain entry to tertiary study, they must reach the following entry criteria: All students must complete numeracy and literacy. This can be achieved by gaining ten credits in NCEA Level 1 from a previous school or at Chilton Saint James, a Grade D in either Core or Extended IGCSE Mathematics.

Literacy will be gained at Chilton Saint James School by studying either Advanced Subsidiary English Language or Advanced Subsidiary English Literature. A Grade E must be gained in either.

A student must also gain 120 points in order to enter tertiary study. Points are gained via the following means in AS.

Chilton Music School - Qualifying for tertiary study

However, a student must gain these points through the top three subjects and no mark can be less than a Grade D.A student cannot gain the 120 points through two A grades. It must be in three different subjects. These points will allow students general entry to tertiary study. Students must gain a minimum of a Grade E in English to gain literacy.

An example of what this may look like is as follows:

Chilton Music School - Qualifying for tertiary study

All students entering the Chilton Music School will complete subjects at Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level in order to gain the 120 points needed for entry to university. It is expected that they will then proceed to A Level in their final year. 

A Level grades gain double marks.

For any queries in relation to the academic programme, please contact the Principal, Kathy Lloyd-Parker.

Chilton Music School - Academic Study


If you have any questions about the study of CAIE, do not hesitate to contact the Director of Music, Tom Chatterton, or Principal, Kathy Lloyd-Parker:
How much homework does a student need to do, to do well in CAIE?2019-05-31T15:27:33+13:00

AS requires two and a half hours per subject per week. A Level requires three hours per subject per week.

How does CAIE affect the extra-curricular things I do?2019-05-31T15:27:51+13:00

While your course is very focused and involves a longer day at school, it is wonderful to be involved in the wider life of the school. However, it is most important that what you do, you do well. Being involved in too many things means you are spread thinly and then you never end up doing anything well. Talk this over with the Director of Chilton Music School, Mr Chatterton, if you are unsure. Your first priority is your school work.

How important is class time?2019-05-31T15:28:12+13:00

Class time is absolutely vital. The spells are an hour long, so when you are absent you will miss a great deal of work. If you are absent, you need to be proactive and catch up. No matter what, avoid going away on holiday outside of scheduled holiday times.

How important is my personal practice time?2019-05-31T15:30:50+13:00

This is an integral part of the Chilton Music School programme and requires great diligence. It is the means by which you gain improvement and reach those high standards to which you aspire. This time is so important that it is built into your school day.

When are the examinations in the CAIE course?2019-06-11T10:03:19+13:00

There will be two sets of examinations during the year. You will be given notification in advance.

Examination 1 – Week 2/3 of Term Two

Examination 2 – Week 6/7 of Term Three

The examinations in Term Three will be very close in content to the final CAIE examinations as students will have completed the course and be doing revision after the examinations. These examinations are a direct replica of the final examinations.

How important are the school examinations?2019-05-31T15:31:47+13:00

School examinations are very important in CAIE. If for some reason you cannot sit the final examination, CAIE uses the two school examinations to calculate your final mark. It is important to do well in both sets of examinations. Students will receive guidance from teachers on how to achieve this.

Do I buy textbooks?2019-05-31T15:32:07+13:00

Students purchase their own textbooks and can sell them back at the end of the year. Also, students are encouraged to purchase on-line textbooks. Some classes will have textbooks supplied but it is the exception rather than the rule.

How is digital technology used in CAIE?2019-05-31T15:32:40+13:00

Moving into the digital world of the future is important. All the digital skills you need for each course will be integrated into the teaching and learning. You will be expected to have a laptop and various software will be recommended. Expect that the distribution of everything on paper will not happen but rather more digital use is expected.The best thing to do is to start taking your class notes on your computer and filing them well. Many resources will be on Chilton Central so make sure you use it from the outset.

When do I need to have my final choice of subjects confirmed?2019-05-31T15:35:27+13:00

Technically, you have until two weeks into the first term to change a subject. However, this must be done in consultation with the Director of Music. It may be that you have not chosen quite the right subjects and that you need to change. It must be done in these two weeks or not at all. It is better to make a wise choice from the start.

Do I have to do a subject in Year 11 to take it in Year 12 AS level?2019-05-31T15:35:50+13:00

Sometimes, with the best of intentions, a student takes subjects that are not right for them. In Year 12, many subjects can be taken without having been taken in Year 11: subjects like Business Studies, Physics (if Mathematics is a strength) or History (if English is a strength). There are a number of others. Please discuss this with Mrs Lloyd-Parker, the Principal.

Can I do A Level without taking AS?2019-05-31T15:36:11+13:00

No. A student must do AS level first and then A Level examinations. The two marks are added together and halved for the final grade. Students must sit A Level within 13 months of sitting AS.

Can I do a mixture of AS and A Level in my final year?2019-05-31T15:36:30+13:00

Absolutely. This is exactly what you will do at tertiary study, where you mix and match. The beauty of CAIE is that it is very flexible. We want to make sure you gain the best possible education at Chilton and that we prepare you to study anywhere in New Zealand, or indeed the world, after you finish school.

Is there help for me if I am struggling in a subject?2019-05-31T15:36:49+13:00

There is always help. The first port of call is the Director of Music. There are many student tutors and staff to help also.

If English is not my first language, how do I get help?2019-05-31T15:37:13+13:00

All students for whom English is a second language will have academic extension classes that will help with English as well as homework. You can make use of student tutors also, and some speak Chinese. For those studying Advanced Subsidiary in Years 12 and 13, many of the textbooks can be obtained in Chinese.

What are the consequences of plagiarism?2019-05-31T15:37:31+13:00

All work will be submitted through “Due Work” in Chilton Central. This automatically does a plagiarism check. Work that is plagiarised gains a zero grade.

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