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Music AS Level at Southborough High School

Course description


AQA A level Music

You will be studying the three basic elements of Music, composition, performance and listening & appraising.



Course content

Unit 1 Influences on Music




Unit 1: Influences on Music

Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes

Section a contains structured listening questions using a CD of musical excerpts. Candidates then answer two essay questions, one based on the set from the compulsory Area of Study, The Western Classicial Tradition, and one based on a second Area of Study chosen from:

  • Choral Music in the Baroque Period
  • Music Theatre: a study of the musical from 1940 to 1980.
  • British Popular Music from 1960 to the Present Day

Unit 2: Composing

Assessed externally & done in controlled time

One brief from a choice of three:

  • Arranging
  • Pastiche or free composition
  • Compositional techniques

Unit 3: Performance

Internally Assessed

Two performances from a choice of six, including opportunities for solo, group and / or tech-based performance

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southborough High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: one year
  • Number of planned places: 12

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