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Music AS/A2 Level at Netherthorpe School

Course description

The course will involve the following type of work: Listening to and studying pieces of music; independent reading and research; Essay writing; Music Theory and composition; Practical instrumental work.

Course content

The course is designed to cover the following areas: Composing, Performing, Analysis and Aural work.

Music combines creativity, imagination and academic study in a way that no other subject does and despite its highly creative nature the theoretical study of music history and theory is sufficiently rigorous that it is accepted as a challenging academic subject for entry to university courses, including universities in the prestigious Russell Group.

Music is highly regarded because of the breadth of skills which students increase over the course, and the commitment they display in the development of their playing and compositional abilities.

Studying Music at A Level allows you to be creative as much of the course is practical coursework and offers the chance for students to further themselves as musicians, as well as develop a greater understanding.

The course is delivered in accordance with the AQA specification.

For AS Level:

Unit 1: Two areas of study covering musical language and content.

Unit 2: Composing

Unit 3: Solo and/or ensemble performance

For A2 Level:

Unit 4: Two areas of study covering musical language and content.

Unit 5: Composing

Unit 6: Solo Performance


Entry requirements

We recommend a Grade B or above in GCSE Music, if taken. A student who does not have GCSE Music must be an able performer (Grade 5+) and a secure understanding of music theory is required in order to access the A Level Music course.

To reach the required standard, it is expected that AS and A2 students will take instrumental lessons and take part in the extracurricular side of music whilst studying on the course.


For Units 1 and 4, students are examined at the end of the course and the examinations will include listening and essay questions. The composing units are undertaken over 20 supervised hours andmarked externally by the exam board.

A small amount of lesson time will be dedicated to performing to check progress but it is expected that the majority of this area will be undertaken independently

Future opportunities

The course lends itself well to students who want to study music in Higher Education and go on to a wide variety of job roles related to music.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years