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Music A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Eastbourne College

Course description

AQA AS Music continues the format found in the GCSE course by following a three module structure focused on the skills of performing, listening and composing. You will be able to develop your practical ability by taking part in many different types of performance, you will explore a set work (usually part of a symphony) and an area of historical study chosen from a list of options, and you will be able to learn a variety of composing techniques.

Course content

You can consider studying Music if you are a good classical, jazz or pop musician who enjoys performing and is interested in exploring the background and history of a wide range of music. The course will enable you to develop as a musician, improve your communication skills and give you a qualification which will be useful for a degree course in any discipline. Even for those primarily interested in science-orientated subjects, Music at AS level can provide a useful contrast and extra dimension to your studies. Music is well regarded by universities as a Sixth Form subject as it shows that you are likely to be a dedicated, motivated and organised individual. To study the course you will need to be able to play an instrument (or sing) at Grade 5 level or above (although you do not need to have actually taken a practical exam). You will normally have studied GCSE Music, although it may be possible for those who haven’t to follow the course depending on their aptitude and ability.


You will sit one exam in the summer of the AS year. This will consist of a 30 minute listening section using extracts on a CD, and a 75 minute section involving essay questions on your set work and area of study.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastbourne College directly.

Last updated date: 16 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years