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Music A Level at The Kings of Wessex Academy

Course description

The music course explores a range of different skills across 3 units: Performing, Composing and Appraising. Students are able to use Cubase SE and Sibelius 7 software to compose their own music and use the large performance space and recording studio to produce their performance work. A variety of different styles and genres of music are studied throughout the course meaning there is something for everyone plus lots of new types of music to fuel your interest in the subject.

Course content

Why study Music at A Level?
Develop a better understanding of historical and contextual uses of music. Attend smaller classes with seminar-type lessons, 60% practical work and the opportunity to participate in a large amount of extra-curricular activities. Capitalise on years of hard work learning an instrument!

What will I study?
The exam is based on 6 areas of study from opera through to film and popular music styles. Composition tasks have to draw links to different areas of study so you can also compose in these styles.

How will I learn?
Discussing, listening to and analysing music. Using practical tasks to model musical features and learn how to compose

Entry requirements

- Minimum of grade B at GCSE Music.
- Ability to read notation in treble and bass clef. Achieved or working towards Grade 6 (ABRSM) practical exam in an instrument or voice.
- Students working below this standard may be considered if there is sufficient evidence to show that they will achieve this standard by March of the year of certification.

N.B. Students who do not perform pieces at a minimum of grade 6 standard in their final recital submission will not meet the exam board requirements.


Component 1: Performing (30%): A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital. Externally assessed.

Component 2: Composing (30%): Total of two compositions, one set to a brief by the exam board and a second either free composition or also to a brief. Composition time must total a minimum of 6 minutes. Externally assessed.

Component 3: Appraising (40%): A 2 hour written examination.

Section A: 3 questions related to set works and a melody/rhythm completion.

Section B: Two essay questions drawing links from the set works to other music heard as an unfamiliar extract.

Future opportunities

Students continue to further studies in Popular Music, Music Technology, Theatre and Performance Arts. It will enhance your performance opportunities as an individual or in larger bands and orchestras. You will have the ability to work and perform with people from a diverse range of backgrounds on a global scale.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Kings of Wessex Academy directly.

Last updated date: 24 April 2017

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