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Music A Level at Southern Consortium Sixth Form

Course description

Students prepare and perform an 8-10 minute recital on the instrument/voice of their choice in the second year of the course; the performance needs to be at about Grade 7 standard.

The composition component is in two parts: in the first students must compose a 4-minute piece of their choice; in the second students are given the opening bars of a piece of music and are required to complete the piece in a specified style.

In the final component students are examined on their understanding of set works, but also on their aural analysis on unheard works.

Entry requirements

Students need to have achieved a grade C or above at GCSE Music - a grade B is preferred - and have some, if limited, understanding of music theory. Students should be able to play an instrument to a good standard and be receiving instrumental lessons.


Three units in each year: performance (30%), composition (30%) and musical understanding (40%). Performance units are internally assessed; others are externally assessed.

Future opportunities

Studying A level Music is looked upon very favourably by higher education institutions; it is rigorously academic, but also creative and challenging. Possible careers include music performance, music criticism, composition, education, publishing, and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southern Consortium Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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    • Eastbury Sixth Form provides a supportive environment in which students feel valued, grow in confidence and fulfill their academic, moral and social potential by combining high expectations with a powerful support network.

      Our Sixth form results for both academic and vocational courses are amongst the very best in Barking and Dagenham and many of our students go on to attend the country’s most competitive Universities and Apprenticeships.

      By joining Eastbury Sixth Form as part of the Southern Consortium students are choosing to become part of a thriving community with an ever-growing reputation for academic excellence, a comprehensive enrichment programme and post-18 support to ensure every student leaves on an aspirational and well-matched progression route.

      We place a high emphasis on not just the academic attainment of our students, but also their moral and social development.  We offer a wide range of trips, events and workshops to ensure all our students leave as confidant, independent and responsible young adults with an appetite to continue their learning with vigor and enthusiasm.

      We are all extremely proud to be part of the sixth form community, no more so than when visitors comment on the happy and purposeful atmosphere they find here; this comes from the warm relationships which exist between staff and students, creating a community in which each person is valued, can flourish, and achieve their full potential.

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      The Consortium provides a friendly and efficient bus service, which is free to students, that moves students at lesson changes between Consortium school sites.