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Music AS/A Level at South Holderness Technology College

Course description

If you have a keen interest in creating and listening to different styles of music and who wishes to broaden their experience and deepen their understanding of both live and recorded music and enjoy listening to and performing a wide range of music from Renaissance to 20th Century and from Film Music to Jazz, then this is the course for you.

You will study all aspects of music including composition and performance, with several opportunities to display your skills in informal recitals during the course. We have a suite of computers equipped with composing software. As well as performing during the course, you will also have the opportunity to join one or more of our excellent ensembles within the department.

Course content

The course is divided into 3 main topics areas:

Performing Music

You will perform a wide range of music throughout the course as both soloist and as part of an ensemble. You will build up a repertoire of music to be performed in a short recital.


You will develop your composition skills using computer software and explore a wide range of compositional skills before choosing one of four set topics. The topics will cover an assortment of genres including film music, pop song, choral-style and theme & variation.

Developing Musical Understanding

This unit focuses on listening to works from different eras and understanding how to recognize musical features from each. Set works from Music Anthologies provide the focus for the first two sections, through listening and studying scores.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A-C grade including Maths and English

A grade B in GCSE subjects is required for most A level programmes. Please speak to the sixth form subject teacher for specific details on course entry. It is useful to have taken music at GCSE level, but this is not essential as long as you can already play a musical instrument and are able to read music.


AS and A2 is examined through performing, composing and a written exam.

Future opportunities

A very wide range of opportunities is on offer for those with qualifications in A-level Music including many in the media and music industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Holderness Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years