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A Level Music at The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls

Course description

Both courses have a 60% practical weighting and they will appeal to all who enjoy performing at a high level and composing pieces of their own. The performances may be in any style of a candidate’s choice and composition themes will be chosen from a list published each year by the board. To complement this practical work, students will learn how to harmonise melodies and analyse set works in both classical and popular styles.

Course content



Performing Music                  


5-6 minutes of music recorded to CD




Composing Music                  


One three minute composition




Musical Understanding          

A study of set works taken from Edexcel’s own anthology




Extended Performance

10-12 minutes of music recorded to CD




Composition & Technical Study  

One composition & two pastiche exercises





Further Musical Understanding 

Stylistic & comparative analysis of set works published by the board



Entry requirements

You will need a ‘B’ grade at GCSE and a level of practical performance skill in line with Associated Board grade V examinations. Because you will also be analysing music in some depth, some study of grade V theory will also be advantageous.

Future opportunities

Whilst Music A levels are obviously particularly relevant when applying for higher education courses within the performing arts, they are also highly regarded by universities and colleges generally.

When studying music at advanced level, it is not just all about developing as a performer; GCE Music also prepares the way for higher study in music education, music therapy, sound engineering and sound recording. Relevant careers include working in record companies, music management, music media, teaching in primary, secondary or further education phases as well as getting involved in music performance, composition or arranging.

If you are passionate about performing and are interested in developing your talents to use in later life, then studying A. level Music at Frances Bardsley Academy should become a very attractive option for you.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years