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Music A level at Monks Walk School

Course description

If you enjoy performing, composing and listening to music then you should consider taking Music at A Level. A-level Music consists of three broad units. Students can choose to weight their studies in favour of either performance or composition through the weighting of units (25% or 35%).

Course content

Unit 1: Performance (25% or 35%) students develop and extend their performance skills and produce a performance of 6-10 minutes in length. The performance is externally assessed.

Unit 2: Composition (25% or 35%) students compose between two and three compositions, at least one of which must be completed against a brief set by the exam board. These are completed under controlled conditions and assessed externally.

Unit 3: Further musical understanding (40%) this focuses on listening skills and understanding of musical techniques. Students will be assessed on their understanding of a combination of set works across various musical eras and genres, as well as their ability to analyse unfamiliar music and understand how it works. Assessment is through a 2 1/2 hour examination where essay writing skills are also assessed.

Entry requirements

Music A*-B at GCSE plus theory at Grade 5 standard. APS: 40 or above.

Future opportunities

Studying Music at Advanced Level prepares students for university degree courses in Music, performance courses at conservatoires or provides an academic insight into a subject which offers enjoyment to people throughout their lives.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years