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Music A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Northampton High School

Course description

The A Level in Music has been designed to enable students to experience a wide range of musical skills including performing, composing and analysing.

Course content

AS Level 
Unit 1 Performing: To perform as a soloist and/or in ensembles in a recorded 5-6 minute performance (coursework).

Unit 2 Composing: To compose a three-minute piece to a chosen brief (coursework).

Unit 3 Developing Musical Understanding: Set works from the anthology provide the focus for the first two sections, through listening and studying scores. In the third section, students use a score to identify harmonic and tonal features, and then complete a short and simple passage for SATB.

A2 Level 

Unit 4 Extended Performance: To extend their performance skills as a soloist and/or as part of an ensemble in a 12-15 minute recorded performance (coursework).

Unit 5 Composition and Technical Study: Students can choose either one composition and one technical study or two compositions or two technical studies (coursework).

Unit 6 Further Musical Understanding: Set works from the anthology – different selections from those in Unit 3 – provide the focus for much of the unit. They should learn how to compare and contrast pairs of excerpts, contextualize music, and identify harmonic and tonal features.

Entry requirements

Girls should be grade 5 on their chosen instrument and usually have gained Grade B or above at GCSE.


Coursework (performing and composing) and a 2 hour listening/history/harmony examination paper at the end of the year.

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Future opportunities

Music at A Level can lead to either university or conservatoire. Career opportunities include professional playing, teaching, arts/music administration and publishing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 November 2015
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