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Music at Abraham Darby Academy

Course description

If you enjoy performing, listening to and maybe composing music the Advanced Level Music course will be suitable for you. You will be required to perform, compose and analyse a variety of musical styles. Music will be studied as a practical, intellectual and creative subject. It will enable you to develop performing skills to a higher level, compose in a variety of styles and acquire a greater understanding of wider musical genres and appreciate how and why music was written.

Course content

Performing – What’s Involved?

5-6 minutes of solo/ensemble performance of approximately grade 5 standard. In Year 13 the performance is extended to 12-15 minutes of solo/ensemble performance of approximately grade 6 standard or above.

Composing – What’s Involved?

One original composition lasting for at least 3 minutes. Can be in any style as long as you follow the brief. Completion of a CD sleeve note about your composition, using your notes but under exam conditions. In

Year 13 you complete another original composition for at least 3 minutes and the harmonisation of SATB in the style of J.S. Bach

Listening and Understanding – What’s Involved?

Listening to familiar music which will have been studied. Writing about the stylistic features of the set works. Analysing harmony from an unfamiliar score.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five 9-5 grades at GCSE including English and Music.  You must be able to play or sing to a standard of at least grade 4 or 5 and you must have a good knowledge of traditional notation. It is useful (not essential) to have passed grade 4 or 5 theory. It is possible to study Music A level without a GCSE qualification as long as the student has at least the above level of qualification.  These are guidelines only and every student’s application will be treated on an individual basis.


The course has an examination element (40%) as well as coursework- performing and composing (60%).

Future opportunities

Whatever your musical tastes and background, advanced level music will ensure you become a more mature and appreciative musician. Many Universities and Colleges regard ‘A’ level music highly as it promotes discipline and commitment. A varied range of Music degrees and diplomas, as well as non-musical qualifications can be studied appropriately after having followed this course.

Further information

Music will complement many other Level 3 courses such as BTEC Performing Arts, English, Mathematics, ICT, Art, History.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abraham Darby Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years