Music AS/A2 at West Coventry 6th Form (Woodlands Academy, Tile Hill Wood School, Westwood Academy)
Studying music at A level gives you the power to engage with music more deeply as a performer, composer and listener. Although A level music involves a lot of creative work (around 60%), the theoretical study of music history and theory is sufficiently rigorous that it is accepted as a serious academic subject for entry to most university courses. Music is also a well-respected subject alongside your other options even if you're not considering a music degree. It seems to go well with most other subjects; languages, sciences and humanities are all taken alongside music and it is a good complement to other subjects.
AS Level • 5-6 minute recital. 3 minute composition and written appraisal. 2 hour listening/written paper A2 Level • 12-15 minute recital.Choose between 2 tasks of Composition and/or technical study.2 hour listening/written paper
Standard WCSF requirements are 5 A* - C grades including English and Maths. An A* - C in GCSE music is also required, however entry based on other factors may be allowed following consultation with Subject Leader for Music .
Year 12: 30% Performance, 30% Composing Music, 40% Developing Musical Understanding (Exam) Year 13: 30% Performance, 30% Composing Music and Technical Study,40% Further Musical Understanding (Exam) Overall A-level is 50% of year 12 result and 50% of year 13 result
If you are wishing to study Music at university, an A level music qualification is preferred and usually expected. Possible careers in music can include performing, composing and arranging, instrumental/vocal tutor, education, music therapy, music administration and management, music production and wider creative industries.
Given the variety and scope of this subject, music is taught using a wide range of teaching and learning methods. Master class sessions throughout the school year give students performance practice opportunities, culminating with an assessed open recital in March. Some of the methods used to teach composing are; teacher led activities, musical analysis, practical tasks, discussion, independent research and the use of ICT (Sibelius software). Listening (Developing Musical Understanding) combines teacher led activities, discussion, student presentations, musical analysis, research and practical activities.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Coventry 6th Form (Woodlands Academy, Tile Hill Wood School, Westwood Academy) directly.