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Music AS/A2 Level at Heathfield Community College

Course description

Anyone who is passionate about creating and listening to different styles of music and who wishes to broaden their experience and deepen their understanding of both live and recorded music of all styles should consider AS and A level Music. You will have opportunities to develop your performing, composing and listening skills in a class of like-minded musicians.  The course is designed to accommodate both classical and pop musicians and you will be expected to study aspects of each style.

 

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1: Performing

Final Recital: A minimum of 6 minutes in length


Assessment Information

Coursework is worth 30% of the final grade

Unit 2: Composition

Students compose 2 pieces, combined time min of 4 ½ Minutes Compositions must each be a minimum of 2 minutes 1 to a set brief – min 2 minutes 1 Free composition or to set Brief – min 2 minutes

Assessment Information

1st composition Marked out of 40, externally marked by the board 2nd Compostion Marked out of 20, externally marked by the board Assessment is worth 30% of the final grade

Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding (listening & analysis)

Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language. 
Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with two set works. 
 • Vocal Music • Instrumental Music • Music for Film • Popular Music and Jazz • Fusions • New Directions Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works. The areas of study are: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusion, New Directions.

Assessment Information

1 ½ hour exam Section A: 45 marks, four questions • three questions, based on extracts from the set works • one question on dictation Section B: 35 marks • one essay question on an unfamiliar piece of music • one essay – students choose one of three questions each on a different set work and how it relates to wider listening. Examination is worth 40% of the final grade

Year 2

Unit 4: Extended Performance

Final Recital : A minimum of 8 minutes in length

Assessment Information

Recital is work 30% of the final grade

Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study

Students compose 2 pieces, combined time min of 6 Minutes. The first composition is either a free composition or is from a list of free choice briefs and Must be at least four minutes in duration. The second composition must be from a list of briefs assessing technique, of at least one minute in duration. The four briefs assessing technique will always include: Bach chorale, Two-part counterpoint, an Arrangement and a Remix that must be at least one minute in duration. Total time across both submissions must be a minimum of 6 minutes.

Assessment Information

1st composition Marked out of 40, externally marked by the board 2nd Compostion Marked out of 20, externally marked by the board Assessment is worth 30% of the final grade

Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding (listening & analysis)

Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language. Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works. 
 • Vocal Music • Instrumental Music • Music for Film • Popular Music and Jazz • Fusions • New Directions Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works. The areas of study are: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusion, New Directions.

Assessment Information

2 hour exam Section A: 50 marks : four questions • three questions, based on extracts from the set works • one question on dictation Section B: 50 marks • one essay question on an unfamiliar piece of music • one essay – students choose one of three questions each on a different set work. Examination is worth 40% of the final grade

Entry requirements

A* - B in GCSE Music and Grade 5 Music Theory

Assessment

See Course Content for full assessment details.

Future opportunities

AS and A2 level Music are highly respected courses which can lead to  further study in Music or Performing Arts at university. It is also considered useful if you are hoping to study Music Technology at university. The confidence and presentation skills which you will gain from the performance aspect of this course will appeal to potential employers as well as university admissions tutors.

Further information

The course combines well with several AS, A2 level and BTEC subjects including Music Technology and Performing Arts.

Student quote

“It was a really good course. I enjoyed the performing aspect of the course very much and was given loads of opportunities to perform. There were aspects of the course that I found difficult but I was given lots of support throughout the year and a whole new world started to open up for me.”  Kathryn Anderson

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathfield Community College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year AS Level / 2 years A2 Level
  • Course code: Edexcel 8MU01 / 9MU01
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1227
    • Email address:
    • hholmes@heathfieldcc.co.uk

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