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Music AS A2 at Bishop Stopford CE School

Course description

The course builds on from your GCSE knowledge in Music.

In A Level Music, you will develop your practical skills in composition and performance as well as gaining a deeper understanding of music, its context and genres.

It combines well with other subjects, and will lead to a huge range of further opportunities such as music, music technology, performing arts or combined arts courses at university, and careers such as performing, media or music therapy.

It is expected that you will be a regular performer, and that you will contribute to the music life of school. Peripatetic music lessons are available.

Course content

During Year 12 (AS) you will study 3 modules:

  1. Performing - 5-6 minute recital
  2. Composing- complete a composition on a given brief
  3. Developing musical understanding


Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade C is the minimum entry requirement, although we recommend an average of 8 Grade C GCSEs.

You are expected to have achieved at least a grade C in Music. You are also required to be competent on your first study instrument and to have reached at least grade 5 Associated Board or equivalent in order to cope with the performance aspect of the course.

Financial information

The only costs will be those associated with any visits to musical events.

Further information

Year 12 and 13 participate in a visit to London or Birmingham. We visit a venue related to the history and development of the performing arts, in particular music. We also undertake a practical workshop and attend a musical performance.

The recital team from the Northamptonshire County Music Service deliver a workshop relating to the composition, performance and history units of the course. Ensembles in school include Senior Choir, Chamber Choir, Big Band, Concert Band, Orchestra and String Ensemble and the musical theatre production where music students are expected to be involved. We also encourage sixth form students to run their own ensembles.

Whilst all our courses are compatable with each other, the timetable may limit some combinations.

For subject specific details please contact Head of Music: awilliams@bishopstopford.com

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Stopford CE School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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