Music

Qualification: A-Level

Awarding Body:
AQA
Length of Course:
2 Year

All candidates follow a varied programme of composing, performing, listening and appraising music through three units each academic year:

Year 12
AS Level

Component 1: Appraising Music

•    Candidates will develop listening skills, and analysis and contextual understanding of music over the course of the year.

•    The in-depth Areas of Study covered are Music Theatre and the Baroque Concerto, in which students will be asked listening questions based on excerpts of music.

•    They will also undertake extended writing questions based on these specific areas of study.

 

 

 

Component 2: Performance

Candidates will prepare a varied solo repertoire throughout the course with tuition from an instrumental/vocal tutor in the academy. They

will select a programme for a solo performance at the end of the course to last for a minimum of 6 minutes

 

This should be at Grade 6 or higher to access the highest marks.

 

 

 

Component 3: Composition

Candidates will complete various composition exercises throughout the course, culminating in two final pieces of controlled assessment:

1.   Composition to a brief

2.   Free composition

 

 

Both compositions should last a minimum of 4 and a half minutes.

 

 

Assessed by a written examination

40% of total AS marks

2 hours duration

Assessed by a performance examination

30% of total AS marks

Assessed via coursework

30% of total AS marks

 

 

Year 13
A-level 

Component 1: Appraising Music

•    Candidates will develop listening skills, and analysis and contextual understanding of music over the course of the year.

•    In addition to AS, the Areas of Study covered are Music for Media and Romantic Piano music, in which students will be asked listening questions based on excerpts of music.

•    They will also undertake extended writing questions based on these specific areas of study.

 

 

 

Component 2: Performance

Once again, candidates will continue to

develop a varied repertoire throughout the course with tuition from an instrumental/vocal tutor in the academy. They will then select a programme for a solo performance to last a minimum of 10 minutes.

This should be at Grade 7 or higher to access the highest marks.

 

 

 

 

 

Component 3: Composition

Identical to AS, candidates will complete various composition exercises throughout the course, culminating in two final pieces of controlled assessment:

1.   Composition to a brief

2.   Free composition

 

Both compositions should last a minimum of 4 and a half minutes.

 

 

 

Assessed by a written examination

40% of total A-level marks

2 and a half hours duration

Assessed by a performance examination

35% of total A-level marks

 

Assessed via coursework

25% of total A-level marks

 

 

An A-level in Music is looked upon very favourably by universities and employers as it shows you possess a skill, and have acquired this skill through discipline, motivation and effort. It will also show you have good social skills and confidence.  It is also a good choice to provide a contrast to a programme of facilitating subjects at A level, and to help keep your future career choices wide open.

Entry Requirements

A GCSE in Music of 6 or above is essential. Candidates should also have passed ABRSM Grade 5 (or its equivalent) in a musical instrument/voice. Consideration will be given to students who have not taken GCSE music, but who have passed ABRSM Grade 5 Theory.