What will I study?
The A Level Music course provides students with the opportunity to study music in an integrated way with a broad and balanced outlook.
Students will study music as a practical, intellectual, and creative subject, covering areas such as performing and composing.
Students will explore a wide range of different types of music over the two years including: vocal music, instrumental music, music for film, popular music, jazz, fusion and new directions.
• Component 1: Performing: 30% externally assessed. Students are required to perform one or more pieces as part of a public recital, as either a soloist (instrumental or singing) or in an ensemble.
• Component 2: Composing: 30% externally assessed coursework.
Students produce a total of two compositions, one to a brief set by the exam board and one either free composition or to a brief.
• Component 3: Appraising: 40% listening and written examination.
Students will study set works within a range of different styles of music. The A Level Music course requires students to apply their knowledge to unfamiliar set works, testing their knowledge of the musical elements and how these are implemented into a piece of music.
Where will it lead?
There are many university courses and music colleges available. Music students can progress onto a wide range of careers including performing, composing, teaching, music therapy, librarianship, publishing and broadcasting.