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Music - A Level

What will I study and learn?

The A level music syllabus provides opportunity for students to:

  • Study and practise listening skills.
  • Develop an understanding of compositional techniques and creative music writing.
  • Achieve confident, advanced performance skills.
  • Acquire skills of study and research through written and listening papers.
  • Develop a lifelong interest and enjoyment in listening to and making music.

In the first year (AS) you'll cover three study topics: 'Influences on music' (the written part), 'Creating musical ideas' (the composing part) and 'Interpreting musical ideas' (the performance part).

You will study a wide variety of music including western classical music and modern popular music. You'll also study how to harmonise a melody and develop your melodic writing skills. Finally you will develop your solo and ensemble skills. The second year follows the same format. The coursework focuses on 'Developing musical ideas' and covers compositional techniques and pupils will learn a variety of ways to create music.

The final unit of the course culminates in a 15 minute solo performance on your chosen instrument or voice.

How is the course assessed?

AS LEVEL

Unit 1: Influences on Music (Listening) (Examination) 30% of AS Level 15% of A Level

Unit 2: Creating Musical Ideas (Composition) (Coursework) 30% of AS Level 15% of A Level

Unit 3: Interpreting Musical Ideas (Performance) (Examination) 40% of AS level 20% of A Level A2 LEVEL

Unit 4: Music in Context (Examination) 20% of A Level Unit 5: Developing Musical Ideas (Coursework) 15% of A Level Unit 6: Musical Performance 15% of A Level

Key Information

  • Level: AS and A Level
  • Examination Board: AQA
  • Subject Leader: Mrs C Mulligan
  • Course Leader: Mrs C Mulligan
  • Entry Requirements: GCSE Grades A*-C in 5 subjects (including English and Mathematics) GCSE Music Grade B or Grade 5 ABRSM (or equivalent)

AS Modules:

  • Unit 1: Influences on Music (Listening) (Examination) 30% of AS Level 15% of A Level
  • Unit 2: Creating Musical Ideas (Composition) (Coursework) 30% of AS Level 15% of A Level
  • Unit 3: Interpreting Musical Ideas (Performance) (Examination) 40% of AS level 20% of A Level

A2 Modules:

  • Unit 4: Music in Context 20% of A Level
  • Unit 5: Developing Musical Ideas 15% of A Level
  • Unit 6: Musical Performance 15% of A Level

SIXTH FORM COURSES

A LEVEL

ART AND DESIGN
ART AND DESIGN (FINE ART)
ART AND DESIGN (PHOTOGRAPHY)
BIOLOGY
CHEMISTRY
ECONOMICS
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ENGLISH LITERATURE
GEOGRAPHY
HISTORY
ICT APPLIED
MATHEMATICS
MEDIA STUDIES
MUSIC
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
PSYCHOLOGY
PHYSICS
SOCIOLOGY
SPANISH

BTEC

PERFORMING ARTS
SPORT
SPORT (MIXED MARTIAL ARTS)

AQA

APPLIED BUSINESS