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A Level Music at Watford Grammar School for Boys

Course description

AS (8MU01)

Unit 1: Performing Music This unit gives students the opportunity to perform either as soloists or as part of an ensemble, developing skills in instrumental lessons and through attendance at the variety of ensembles on offer in School.

Unit 2: Composing This unit encourages students to develop their skills in composing, leading to the creation of a piece of music lasting for a minimum of three minutes.

Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding This unit is based around Edexcel’s Anthology of Music. Students study set works chosen by the Board and answer questions on these in the final examination.

A2 (9MU01)

Unit 4: Extended Performance This unit gives students the opportunity to perform either as soloists or as part of an ensemble, continuing to develop skills in instrumental lessons and through their attendance at the variety of ensembles on offer in school.

Unit 5: Composition and technical study This unit is in two parts. Students continue to develop their compositional skills leading to a further three minute composition based on a brief set by Edexcel in September of the course.

Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding This unit focuses on listening to music, both familiar and unfamiliar, and understanding how it works. A different set of pieces from the Anthology are studied and questions are set on these at the end of the course.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enter the Sixth Form must achieve a minimum of six GCSEs at grade B. In addition, students must achieve At least a grade B in Music at GCSE, although an A grade is preferable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 11 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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