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Music A Level at Aylesbury Grammar School

Course description

There are three components in both the AS level exam and in the A2 level exam. Brief details are given below:

Course content

AS course:

AS Level music centres on the three elements of Performing, Composing and Historical Studies.

Performing: Solo recital lasting between 5 – 8 minutes, and either a second instrument recital or ensemble playing lasting for 4 minutes.

Composing: Candidates need to write at least 6 exercises in harmonising given melodies and compose one piece or make an arrangement from jazz ‘lead-sheet’. Playing, recording and CD production are required.

Historical Studies: This is a 2-hour exam, including aural extracts and some set works.

A2 course:

Performing: Solo recital lasting between 12 - 15 minutes and a short viva voce on a comparative study of recorded examples.

Composing: One complete vocal composition in any style (e.g. modern, pop, classical) and a folio of chorales in the style of J.S. Bach.

Historical Studies: 2½ hr exam. Including aural and essay questions.

Entry requirements

Students would be able to take the course if they have taken GCSE Music and achieved a B grade or above. Grade 5 theory would be satisfactory as an equal alternative. Most students will have an A or above at GCSE, and all students must be accomplished performers on their main instrument, usually equating to grade V or VI.

Other candidates may well be able to pursue the course if they are able to demonstrate a high degree of musical skill and involvement.


Several exams based on units describled.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

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