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Music A level at Highworth Grammar School

Course description

Unit 1: Performing Music
Students will perform as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble.  Music from any style can be chosen. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of an assessed recital performance of at least eight minutes. Notated and/or improvised performances may be submitted. The standard expected at the end of Year 13 will be equivalent to Grade 6–8.
Unit 2: Composing Music
Students must complete two tasks in this unit. Task one is to compose a piece of at least 4 minutes in duration to a brief from a list, or a free composition. Task two is to compose to a brief in a specific style and be of at least one minute in duration – usually a chorale harmonisation in the style of J S Bach. The combined duration of the compositions needs to be at least 6 minutes.
Unit 3: Appraising Music
This unit involves the study of set works in six areas: vocal music, instrumental music, music for film, pop and jazz, fusions and ‘new directions’. Students work towards an examination which involves aural perception, melodic and rhythmic dictation, in-depth essays on set works and essays on unfamiliar music related to the areas of study.


Entry requirements

Students should have passed GCSE music and achieved Grade 6 or above. (There may be exceptions if students have achieved Grade 6 practical or above in Associated Board Exams or Trinity School of Music Examinations). Students also need to be playing an instrument, or singing, at least to Grade 5 standard, whether or not they have taken an examination and be able to read music confidently.


Unit 1: Internally assessed 30%
Unit 2: Externally assessed 30%
Unit 3: Externally assessed 40% (Examination of 2 hours)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highworth Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 15 January 2018
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  • Start date: Next September