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Music A Level at The Blue School

Course description

What does the course involve?

  • Students will develop their overall musicianship, refining their skills in composition, performance and analysis.
  • They will study a range of music from 1600-present, focusing on instrumental and vocal music.
  • Building on the GCSE course, students will learn how to create musical ideas and develop them with greater understanding of musical conventions, context and the expressive use of musical elements and devices, to create compositions and arrangements.
  • The study of a variety of set works from six areas of study will enable students to acquire, explore and apply new musical understanding
  • Contributing to whole school musical life

How will you learn?

The integration of practical, theoretical, analytical and creative tasks will enable students to demonstrate their understanding in coursework and exam conditions.

Course content

A Level Units:

  • Vocal
  • Instrumental
  • Music for film
  • Pop music and jazz
  • Fusions
  • New directions 

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’S at A*- C including grades for English and Mathematics as below:

  •          English Language – New grade 4 or above
  •          Mathematics – New grade 4 or above


  • 40% Listening and Understanding exam
  • 30% Compostion coursework
  • 30% Performance coursework

Future opportunities

On completing Music A Level you could progress to:

  • Degree courses in Music (BA or BMus) at Universities, Music and Drama Colleges or Music Conservatoires. Some degree courses are tailored to a specialism such as composition, song writing, popular music, jazz, performance studies and music technology.
  • Joint honours degree courses with music as one specialism
  •  Apprenticeships within music institutions

We will foster students’ wider musical development through the facilitation of performance opportunities within Wells, Somerset and beyond.

A Level music is highly regarded by redbrick universities, and is desirable when applying for work in other fields such as law. You will acquire a range of analytical and research skills, communication skills through performance and written work, problem solving and creative skills of composition as well as aspects of music technology through composing, performing and arranging music. You’ll be valued as a creative, confident and inspiring individual who can contribute to the wider community.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Blue School directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017

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