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Music A-Level at Reading School

Course description

Music in the sixth form currently follows the OCR specification. The course is divided into the disciplines of performance, composition and listening, but there is naturally a considerable increase in the rigour of these areas when compared with GCSE. In both the AS and A2 courses, the performance component takes the form of an externally assessed recital, which is given an increased weighting of 120/300.The composition component (90/300) in both years is divided into a portfolio of technical exercises and a composition in which the candidate is given greater creative freedom. The third component of the syllabus requires candidates to demonstrate their wider understanding in a listening paper involving both unseen and prescribed works.

Entry requirements

Students seeking to take music at AS/A2 level should be of at least Grade VI standard on their first instrument, and have achieved a grade A at GCSE level. If the exam has not been taken students are asked to provide a letter of recommendation from their teacher. In addition, good fluency on the keyboard and ABRSM Grade V theory are strongly advised. It is expected that all students who opt for A level music will contribute in some way in the schools extensive extra-curricular programme.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years