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Music at Hillview School for Girls

Course description

The A Level Music course provides students with the opportunity to study music in an integrated way with a broad and balanced outlook. 


Course content

Students will study music as a practical, intellectual, and creative subject, covering areas such as performing and composing.  Students will explore a wide range of different types of music over the two years including: vocal music, instrumental music, music for film, popular music, jazz, fusion and new directions.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements to study three Level 3 qualifications for Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 5 in both English and Maths together with an average GCSE point score of 4.25 or above.

Students will need to have achieved the subject-specific entry requirements, which for A Level Music is a Grade 5 in GCSE Music and the ability to read music notation and play a musical insturmetn to at least Grade 5.



• Component 1: Performing: 30% externally assessed. Students are required to perform one or more pieces as part of a public recital, as either a soloist (instrumental or singing) or in an ensemble.

• Component 2: Composing: 30% externally assessed coursework.

Students produce a total of two compositions, one to a brief set by the exam board and one either free composition or to a brief.

• Component 3: Appraising: 40% listening and written examination.  Students will study set works within a range of different styles of music.  The A Level Music course requires students to apply their knowledge to unfamiliar set works, testing their knowledge of the musical elements and how these are implemented into a piece of music.

Future opportunities

A variety of careers are possible including performing, composing, teaching, music therapy, librarianship, publishing and broadcasting. Employment prospects are particularly good in teaching and music is a real asset if offered as a specialist subject by primary teachers. A growing field of employment is in the education departments of opera and orchestral companies.

Further information

Links with other subjects

Music Technology and other subjects in the performing arts.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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