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Music A Level at Priory School Edgbaston

Course description

Music is a highly respected academic course that will challenge and inspire you to gain greater expertise on your instrument, to understand good practice in composition and to improve your evaluation skills by analysing some of history’s greatest works. In addition to weekly classes, theory and instrumental lessons with a specialist teacher play an important part of the course.

Course content

AS Level

A2 Level

Unit 1- Performing Music

Students perform at grade 5 standard as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble for 5-6 minutes, in any style and on any instrument/voice.

Unit 4- Extended Performance

Students perform a 12-15 minute programme.

Unit 2- Composing

Students develop their composition skills, leading to the composition of a 3 minute piece of music and write a CD sleeve note to describe aspects of their piece and describing the influence other music has had on it.

Unit 5- Composition and Technical Study

Students must complete two tasks from the options of: a three minute composition and a technical study in a pastiche style.

Unit 3- Developing Musical Understanding

Students study music from an anthology in preparation for an exam in three sections.

A: Listening

B: Investigating musical styles

C: Understanding chords and lines

Unit 6-Further Musical Understanding

Students continue to study music from an anthology. The written exam examines their understanding of music, both familiar and unfamiliar and requires students to compare and contrast its musical features.

 

Entry requirements

You will need at least a grade C in GCSE English Literature or English Language, grade 5 or equivalent on an instrument and a sound knowledge of Music Theory.

Assessment

AS Level

A2 Level

Unit 1- Performing Music

30% (15% of A level)

Controlled assessment

Unit 4- Extended Performance

30% (15% of overall mark)

Controlled assessment

Unit 2- Composing

30% (15% of A level)

Controlled assessment

Unit 5- Composition and Technical Study

30% (15% of overall mark)

Unit 3-Developing Music Understanding

40% (20% of A level)

Written exam

Unit 6-Further Musical Understanding

40% (20% of overall mark)

 

Future opportunities

A qualification in music is recognised as a reliable indication of your academic, aesthetic, social and personal development, and leads to a great variety of higher education courses. It has the possibility to link into a wide range of careers, including music technology, music therapy, the media and teaching as well as the transferable skills to go towards the profile of accessing a range of professional careers, including law and medicine.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016

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    • We warmly welcome applications from internal and external candidates. In order to obtain admission into Priory Sixth Form, candidates must achieve a minimum of 5 A* – C grades including a minimum of a grade C in English language and mathematics. Students are also advised to choose subjects where they have achieved a grade A or B at GCSE. It is equally important for advance level study that applicants display strong self-discipline and commitment.

      Prospective pupils should complete a registration form and Sixth Form application during the Autumn term prior to taking their GCSEs. Interviews will take place early in the Spring Term and an Induction Day will be held late in the Summer Term prior to starting Priory Sixth Form. Candidates will also have the opportunity to tour the Sixth Form with a member of our senior leadership team.

      A conditional offer will be made to internal and external candidates upon receiving their predicted GCSE grades. A firm offer will be made on GCSE results day.