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Music A level 3 at Oakwood Park Grammar School

Course description

A-level Music is a Linear course.

Students develop their skills in Performance, Composition, Listening and Analysis.

Please note both Music  may not be taught depending on numbers of applicants.

Course content

Component 1: Performance: Students must perform a recital, which is a minimum of 8 minutes. It can be one long piece, or several shorter selections. Any instrument or voice may be used. Recitals will be recorded in one take to be sent to the board, with no pauses or edits in the recording.

Component 2: Composition: Students must compose either a ‘free’ or a composition to one of six briefs, of at least 4 minutes duration. They must also compose a chorale texture in the style of J.S.Bach, at least 1 minute in duration. The composition must be submitted as a recording with an accompanying score and a detailed description. Editing may be used in order to best express the composition.

Component 3: Appraisal: Students study 6 Areas of Study, each including 3 set works. Areas of Study are: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions. Musical works range from the Baroque Era to the present. Students must learn to listen to musical detail, be aware of the cultural and historic context of musical works, and have a good understanding of musical vocabulary and techniques.

Students should be good performers, and have a genuine curiosity about a wide range of music genres. A good knowledge of music theory would be an advantage

Entry requirements

Six 9-5 (A*-C) GCSE grades with at least four at grade 6 (B) including grade 6 in Music  and in other subjects to be studied at A level




Components 1 and 2 are completed during the course and are externally assessed.

Component 3 is studied throughout the course and concludes with an externally assessed written exam at the end of the course.




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Future opportunities

Some graduates choose to study an area related to their first degree that allows them to specialise, for example in composition. Others pursue a range of qualifications, in areas such as music performance, direction and instrumental or vocal teaching.

When thinking about further study, you may consider a purely academic music qualification or degree options in community music, cultural management or musicology

Further information

It is expected that A-level students will take part in the musical life of Oakwood Park, including concerts, school shows, and external performance opportunities, from gigs to collaborations with other schools.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oakwood Park Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two Years