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Music A Level at Colston's Girls' School

Course description

Why study Music?
The A Level music course is substan4ally more exci4ng and challenging than at GCSE and will develop your skills and abili4es towards making you a much more confident performer, composer and all round musician.

Course content

Performance – 4 - 8 minutes
For many students, music is first and foremost about performing. This course gives you opportunities for solo and/or ensemble performance in any style you choose and gives you extra marks for singing or playing pieces that are more difficult than the set standard level.

You will generally perform for 4 minutes at AS, 8 minutes at A Level.

Those who will benefit from playing or singing for longer are free to do so. The outcome may be a traditional solo recital or some other kind of extended performance, solo and/or ensemble.

Composing – 3 minutes / set briefs
The course requires you to write two pieces, lasting around three minutes at AS and for 6 minutes at A Level. The briefs for this piece are set and the instructions provide direction and guidance, without being inflexible or unduly restrictive. The instructions also indicate ‘what students need to learn’ because it is vital that young composers are given support and teaching rather being left to sink or swim.

Appraising – studying set works / 2 hour examination
You will study a series of set works taken from the New Anthology of Music. These set works cover a huge span of music history, including madrigals, popular songs, orchestral works, concerto movements and more. You will study them in detail before then answering questions on them under exam conditions.
The two hour examination is in three parts.

Entry requirements

Enthusiasm, interest and creativity! GCSE Art and Design C Grade or above or examples of work.


At AS and A Level:
Performing 30%
Composing 30%
Appraising 40%

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colston's Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2017
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