MUSIC – A level at The Priory School
This course prepares you for any career or university
course that involves music or performing arts. It gives
you a good experience of performance and allows you
to further develop all your musical skills and interests.
During this course you will continue the key skills of
composing, performing and listening to music that you
studied at GCSE, and study music from a wide range of
styles and periods. You will get the opportunity to take
part in lots of performances and to go, see and work
alongside professional musicians.
AS Units cover: a solo performance of 5-6 minutes
in total; a 3-minute composition; studying set works
and harmony, as well as developing aural skills.
At A2 you need to prepare a 12-15 minute recital,
compose another extended piece/ develop composition
techniques and look at more set works.
You will learn extended composing skills and analyse a
wide variety of instrumental and vocal music. You will learn
how to evaluate your own performing skills and how to
prepare a varied and interesting programme, as well as
finding out about the history and development of music.
Performing is assessed once a term at AS level and there is a
final recital at A2 normally in March. Performance makes up
for 30% of your final mark. They are marked by your teachers
and then moderated externally. Composition makes up for
30% of your final mark. One composition is composed in each
year and this is assessed externally. The final examination
each year is worth 40% and your knowledge of the set works
and harmony are assessed in the exam.
You are encouraged to move on to the Sixth Form
provided that you are capable of benefiting from
the courses which are available and that you have a
positive approach to your work. The level of course
you could progress onto will depend on the results you
achieve at Key Stage 4. Minimum entry requirements
to our Consortium are 5 A*-C at GCSE or equivalent,
including Maths and English, for an advanced level
or Level 3 course. Some subjects will have additional
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Priory School directly.