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Music A level at Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School

Course description

Candidates can choose either one of 
  • Performance A with Composition A  or
  • Performance B with Composition B
Performance (Externally Assessed – Video performance)
EITHER Performance A (25% of A level)
  • Minimum of 6 Minute Performance – two contrasting pieces
  • Any instrument(s)/voice
  • Any musical style

OR Performance B (35% of A level)

  • Recital – minimum of 10 minutes and three contrasting pieces.
  • solo piece(s) on one or more instrument or voice


Composing (Externally Assessed)
EITHER Composition A (35% of A level)
  • 2 Compositions with a combined duration of at least 8 minutes
  • One to a brief set by OCR
  • One to a brief written by the learner
  • Three short technical exercises
OR Composition B (25% of A level)
  • Compose 2 pieces of combined duration of 4 & half minutes
  • One piece set by OCR, the other composition is the choice of the candidate


Listening (Written Paper - 2 hour exam - 40% of A level)
  • Analysing and evaluating music
  • Familiar and unfamiliar pieces
  • Prescribed works
  • Questions based on aural extracts
Learn and study three Areas of Study:
  • AOS 1: Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
  • AOS 2: Popular Song: Blues, Jazz, Swing and Big Band
And any one of the following:
  • AOS 3: Developments in Instrumental Jazz 1910 to the present day
  • AOS 4: Religious Music of the Baroque Period
  • AOS 5: Programme Music 1820–1910
  • AOS 6: Innovations in Music 1900 to the present day

Entry requirements

Applicants to the Sixth Form need to have achieved a minimum of five FULL GCSEs at grade C or above as well as the entry requirements for the individual course:

Grade B or above in GCSE Music OR Grade 4 or above on performance instrument currently.
Dedication and commitment to Music department extra-curricular activities

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 22 December 2016
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