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A Level: Music

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code 60179284
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course will suit those who did well at and enjoyed GCSE music and can perform to a high standard. You should enjoy delving deeper in to music and have a passion for understanding how music works. You should also enjoy creating your own music and be happy to use a computer to realise your ideas.


There are three main units to the A Level Music course: Performing; Composing and Understanding Music. If you have completed GCSE Music, this structure will be familiar to you:


A performance lasting 8 minutes for any instrument in any style. The standard required is around grade 7 and you will receive additional marks for anything equivalent to grade 8 standard or above.


You compose a piece for instruments or voices in any style. You will create your own brief stating the context and audience for the composition. The composition must be 4 minutes long.

Composition also includes a harmony component. This is writing 4-part SATB harmony in the style of J. S. Bach. This will teach you many fundamentals of music that will also help you with your composition and analysis.

Developing Musical Understanding You will study a large range of music from baroque, to jazz, to world / fusion and the avant guarde. Your knowledge will be examined with listening questions and essay questions. You will also be asked questions about previously unheard music

How will it be delivered?


Entry requirements

6 grade 5s (or equivalent), including at least a grade 5 in English Language or Literature.

At least a 5 in the relevant subject if taken.

Your next steps...

Music can open the doors to many different careers and you don’t need to want to be a professional musician to study the A-level course. Music is considered to be a strong choice by universities as it demonstrates commitment, dedication and creativity as well as good analytical skills and learning in different contexts. Students who take music A-level may go on to be: teachers, performers, recording engineers, journalists and much more besides!


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