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Music AS/A2 Level at Aylesbury High School

Course description


The AS Music Course is designed to allow students to study music in an integrated way, consolidating knowledge learnt at GCSE Level, and with the opportunity to specialise at A2 Level.

It allows pupils to study music as a practical, intellectual and creative subject. The course is broken down into three key areas: Performing Music, Composing and an Introduction to Historical Study in Music.

The course covers a wide range of musical styles: classical, popular music and jazz. Each area is also seen within a broader cultural and historical context. Performance is monitored throughout but is ultimately assessed by an external examiner who visits the school at the end of the spring term. Pupils are also expected to study the art of composition with focus placed firmly on developing specific techniques.


Course content


AS Level

G351: Performing Music 1

Section A - Recital: solo (maximum 8 minutes)

Section B - Viva voce: discussion (approximately 5 minutes)

Section C - Extended Performing

G352: Composing 1

Section A - The Language of Western Tonal Harmony: exercises (maximum 7 minutes)

Section B - Instrumental Composition (maximum length 3 minutes)

G353: Introduction to Historical Study in Music

Timed examination paper (1 hour 45 minutes plus 15 minutes preparation time)

Section A - Aural Extract

Section B - Prescribed Works

Section C - Contextual Study


A2 Level

Further study at A2 Level develops knowledge and skills introduced at AS Level.

G354: Performing Music 2 (Interpretation)

G355: Composing 2

G356: Historical and Analytical Studies in Music

Entry requirements


1. Grade 5 on your main instrument.

2. Enthusiasm for performing and a willingness to try composing.

3. An interest in listening to all styles of music – pop, classical, world music and an appreciation of technological developments.

4. High grade at GCSE Music (optional).



Assessment is a mixture of internal examination (with external moderation) and external examination. The performance module is marked by a visiting examiner.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 August 2016

Key information

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