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Music AS level at Shoeburyness High School

Course description

Performing on an instrument at a minimum of grade 5 standard from a piece of printed music. However, for all performers on any instrument the pieces must be played exactly as the music has been written down as this is sent to the examiners along with the recording of the performance so that they can compare the two. Composition and technical composing exercises in timed coursework units. Learning about the history of Music and a range of set works from various areas of study (Vocal, Instrumental, Film, Pop and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions music).

What coursework do I have to do?

A performance lasting between 6-7 minutes (AS Level) from written music of at least Grade 5 standard (preferably grade 6). Two compositions of not less than 6 minutes length.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE Music Grade B or higher
  • GCSE English Grade 5
  • Grade 5 theory of Music (ABRSM)
  • At least Grade 5 on an instrument


This component gives students the opportunity to reflect on, analyse and evaluate music in aural and/or written form. The assessment is 2 hours.

  • The assessment is marked out of 100 marks.
  • There are two sections in the examination:
  • Section A: 50 marks, four questions – three questions, based on extracts from the set works and one question on dictation. Section A will feature aural listening questions based with skeleton scores on set works from different areas of study.
  • Section B: 50 marks – one essay question on an unfamiliar piece of music and one essay chosen from three optional questions on a set work. Section B will feature two essays – Question 5 (20 marks) and Question 6 (30 marks).

Future opportunities

Music or Music Technology degree (BA Hons or B Mus.) Music shop. Music Librarian. Working with an orchestra in an administrative or performing capacity (usually after you have completed your degree in Music).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year