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Music AS & A Level at Hampstead School

Course description

Year 12 AS

  • AS Unit 1: Performing Music.
    This unit gives students the opportunities to perform as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble for a five-six minute assessed performance.
  • AS Unit 2: Composing.
    This unit encourages students to develop their composition skills leading to the creation of a three-minute piece in response to a chosen brief.
  • AS Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding.
    This unit focuses on listening to familiar music and understanding how it works. Students use a score to identify harmonic and tonal features and then apply this knowledge in the completion of a short and simple passage for SATB.

Year 13 A Level

  • Unit 4: Extended Performance 30% of the total A Level.
    This unit gives students opportunities to extend their performance skills as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble in preparation for a 12-15 minute assessed performance of a balanced programme of music
  • Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study 30% of the total A Level marks.
    This unit has two sections: composition and technical study. The composition section further develops students’ composition skills, leading to the creation of a final three minute piece. The technical study section builds on the knowledge and awareness of harmony through the medium of pastiche studies.
  • Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding 40% of the total A Level.
    This unit focuses on listening to music, familiar and unfamiliar, and understanding how it works.

Entry requirements

  • Grade C in GCSE Music
  • Be at least a Grade 5 on a selected instrument.
  • Working towards Grade 5 theory.
  • Excellent composition skills.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study Music at University or Music College and pursue a career in the Music Industry or in Teaching. Music builds analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as team work and dedication.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 January 2017
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