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A Level: Music at Beauchamp College

Course description

This course will suit those who did well at and enjoyed GCSE music and can perform to a high standard. You should enjoy delving deeper in to music and have a passion for understanding how music works. You should also enjoy creating your own music and be happy to use a computer to realise your ideas.

Course content

There are three main units to the A Level Music course: Performing; Composing and Understanding Music. If you have completed GCSE Music, this structure will be familiar to you:


A performance lasting 8 minutes for any instrument in any style. The standard required is around grade 7 and you will receive additional marks for anything equivalent to grade 8 standard or above.


You compose a piece for instruments or voices in any style. You will create your own brief stating the context and audience for the composition. The composition must be 4 minutes long.

Composition also includes a harmony component. This is writing 4-part SATB harmony in the style of J. S. Bach. This will teach you many fundamentals of music that will also help you with your composition and analysis.

Developing Musical Understanding You will study a large range of music from baroque, to jazz, to world / fusion and the avant guarde. Your knowledge will be examined with listening questions and essay questions. You will also be asked questions about previously unheard music

Entry requirements

5 grade 5s (or equivalent), plus at least grade 5 in English Language or Literature.

At least a 5 in the relevant subject if taken.

Future opportunities

Music can open the doors to many different careers and you don’t need to want to be a professional musician to study the A-level course. Music is considered to be a strong choice by universities as it demonstrates commitment, dedication and creativity as well as good analytical skills and learning in different contexts. Students who take music A-level may go on to be: teachers, performers, recording engineers, journalists and much more besides!

Further information

Students who take Music A-level also often take Music Technology and these two subjects work well together. The Music Department gives you an ideal opportunity to learn, develop and push yourself to meet the challenges of music study at a higher level. We are a top quality department with excellent teachers and practitioners.

Facilities are excellent with 20 computers running the latest Sibelius software and a Mac Pro based 24-track digital recording studio with a large recording space and a full complement of microphones. There is also a sequencing laboratory with Apple Mac computers running Logic Pro 9 software. Classrooms and practice areas are fully equipped including several drum kits and we are a partner school with the Philharmonia orchestra which gives further opportunities for learning both in and outside the college. There is a buzzing atmosphere and lots of musical activity with an extensive range of extra-curricula groups and students using the area to prepare and rehearse for performances.

The Music department at Beauchamp aims to provide a centre for music-making and to include everyone from across the college, whether they are studying music or not. The emphasis is on finding out about and creating the music that you enjoy and performing this across the school.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years