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Qualification type:

A Level


Entry criteria (GCSE grades):

5 in Music and performance grade level 5.


Subject description:

The course is based around the elements Performance, Composition and Appraising. For students who have studied and enjoyed GCSE Music then this is a natural progression to develop musicianship skills further. Students who opt for A Level would be expected to be involved in the extra-curricular life of the department. The course combines well with Music Technology.


Units studied:

Performing - Students have to perform (either solo and/or ensemble) for a minimum of eight minutes.


Composing - Students must compose two pieces one in response to the free choice brief/free composition and one in response to a brief assessing technique. The two pieces must have a combined duration of at least six minutes at A Level.


Appraising - The content of musical contexts and musical language is taught through the context of six areas of study.


How the course is assessed:

Performing will be marked as a continuous recital and the compositions marked according to the mark scheme. There will be a two-hour listening exam at the end of the course.


Post-18 opportunities:

There are increasing opportunities for musicians – as a professional or session musician, composing in various genres e.g. film, popular or classical, sound engineering, sound design or teaching/lecturing. There are a variety of courses available looking  at various aspects and specialisms within music.


Teacher responsible:   Ms G Martino.