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A-Level Music leads not only to traditional careers in teaching, composing and performing, but also working in what is now the second biggest visible industry in the country. The course covers a wide range of musical genres and periods whilst developing your skills in composing, performing and analysis to the highest level.

Results in A-level Music have been extremely high in recent years with 100% pass rate Grades A-B for the past two years.  Students often go onto study Music at university with recent destinations including Music courses at Nottingham and Cardiff.

What will I learn on this course?

COMPONENT 1 (PERFORMING) – An 8 minute public recital on an instrument of your choice or voice.  Approximate difficulty standard of grade 7.  This is recorded in the Spring Term of Year 13.

COMPONENT 2 (COMPOSING) – one 4-minute composition, either to a brief set by Edexcel or a free choice and one 2-minute Technical Study. Total time across both submissions must be a minimum of 6 minutes.

COMPONENT 3 (APPRAISING) – You will study 3 set works in 6 different areas of study: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions.  Assessment is through a 2 hour examination in the summer of Year 13 testing knowledge of the set works, aural dictation skills and the ability to compare and contrast familiar and unfamiliar pieces.

How will I be assessed for this course?

In Year 12 you will complete an internal examination.

In Year 13 you will sit Component 1 (30%) + Component 2 (30%) + Component 3 (40%).