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AQA A-LEVEL MUSIC
Students can choose AS/A2 Music as one of many options in our post 16 curriculum. We are about to start an exciting new AQA A-Level course.

There are three main areas of assessment:

  1. Appraising music – 40%
  2. Performance – 35%
  3. Composition – 25%

Throughout the course we record performances and, practise composition to develop the student’s practical skills.

Alongside this we teach the following topics through a process of listening, analysis and study:

What are the seven Areas of Study covered in the course?

  • Western classical tradition (1650–1910) Compulsory
  • Pop music.
  • Music for Media
  • Music for Theatre
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary Traditional Music
  • Art Music Since 1910

Students must study Area of Study 1 (Western Classical Tradition 1650-1910) and choose two  from the remainder of the list.

What about the compositions?

Like GCSE, you are required to submit two compositions: Composition 1 is to a brief and Composition 2 is a free composition. Combined, these should total 4 and a half minutes.

Each composition will be accompanied by a programme note of approximately 150 words.

How much performance will be involved?

A minimum of 10 minutes of performance is required. This can be either solo, ensemble or a combination of both.

Entry requirements
At least 5 GCSEs between grades 4 and 9, including a minimum of grade 4 in English Language and Maths. The expectation is for grade 6 (or above) to have been attained in GCSE Music. You are also required to be a competent musician and be working towards vocal/instrumental Grade 4/5 or an equivalent standard.

 

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