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Music A Level at Knole Academy

Course description

The A Level qualification in Music has been developed to:

Provide Post -16 level education and training for musicians (both Classical and Popular)


Provide learners with the opportunity to develop a range of musical skills and techniques, including performance, composition and listening and appraising.

Course content

This specification is divided into a total of 6 units, 3 AS units and 3 A2 units.

Students study performance (solo and ensemble), composition (both to a set brief and a learner created brief) and the analysis of music in areas of study outlined by the specification.

For the written exam students prepare two areas of study:


Area of study A: The Western Classical Tradition ( Part 1).

Either : The Symohony 1760-1830 including one set work, Symphony Number 103,

Drum Roll, Haydn, Movements 1 and 2.

Or: Religious Choral Music 1730-1800 including one set work, Requiem Mozart

(Requiem, Dies Irae, Tuba Mirum and Rex Tremendae).

Area of study B: Rock and Pop 1965-1990

Studing a variety of different pieces from this time period, tracing the development of

popular music.


Area of study E: The Western Classiacl Tradition (part 2)

Either: The Symphony 1830-1910 including one set work, Symphony Number 1,

Movement 4, Brahms.

Or: Religious Choral Musix 1800-1890 including one set work, Requiem, Verdi (Dies Irae).

Area of Study F: Jazz Legends

Students study the works of Duke Ellington and Miles Davis.


Entry requirements

5 A* - C grades (or equivalent) at GCSE, at least a B grade in music or a related performing arts subject (music preferred). However if a student has not taken GCSE music, then they will be invited to attend an interview and audition to assess their interest and suitability for this course. It is expected that a student is of at least Grade 5 standard on an instrument (or voice).


As Unit 1: Performing Total duration of performances: 6-8 minutes 12% of qualification.

As Unit 2: Composing Total duration of compositions : 3-6 minutes 12% of qualification.

As Unit 3: Apprasing Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 16% of qualification.

A2 Unit 4: Performing Option A: Total dutation of performances : 10-12 minutes

22% of qualification.

A2 Unit 5: Composing Option A: Total duration of composition: 3-6 minutes 14%

of qualification.

A2 Unit 6: Appraising Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes 24% of qualification.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years