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Music A Level at Seven Kings School

Course description

Music helps you to develop a variety of skills such as analysis, dedication, group skills, self confidence and self-reliance, as well as providing a means of artistic expression and relaxation. Plus it stretches your imagination and playing an instrument also makes you think and react quickly.  Skills such as these are sought after in many careers.

Course content

AS Level Music

This is will be taught with the A level course as the content is the same for year 12 students who only wish to sit the AS examination. Additional units will be studied in year 13.

A Level Music

A Level Music comprises three units:

Appraising (40% for A level and AS)

What's assessed?

  • Listening (56 marks A Level and 49 for AS )
  • Analysis (34 marks for A level and 17 for AS)
  • Contextual understanding (30 marks for AS and A level)

How it's assessed

You will study music from 1650 – 1910, Pop music and Musical Theatre. There is one written Exam paper which will contain listening and written questions using excerpts of music and will be sat in the summer of year 13.

Performing (35% for A level and 30% for AS) (50 marks for AS and A level)

What's assessed?

  • Music performance

How it's assessed

  • Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist, or vocalist – you should be approximately grade 6 standard by the end of year 12.
  • A minimum of ten minutes of performance in total is required for A level and 6 minutes for AS. The performance can take the form of a solo performance or a combination of solo and ensemble.
Composing (25% for A level and 30% for AS)

How it's assessed

  • Composition 1: Composition to a brief (25 marks)
  • Composition 2: Free composition and composition log (25 marks)

A minimum of four and a half minutes of music in total is required

Entry requirements

In order to study 4 subjects at A Level you must have at least 5 A*-As in your GCSEs (A 7 or better counts as one of these)

In order to study 3 subjects at A Level and 1 subject at AS Level you must have at least 6 A*-Bs in your GCSEs (A 6 or better counts as one of these)

In order to study 3 subjects at A Level you must have at least 5 A*-Bs in your GCSEs (A 6 or better counts as one of these)

You must have as a minimum of a 5 or above in English Language and Maths

In order to study a subject at A Level you must have at least a grade B (or a 5) in the subject at GCSE:

To study Accounts you must have a at least a 5 in maths

To study Economics you must have a 5 or above in GCSE English Language

To study Maths you need a 7 in GCSE Maths.  Further Maths will be available to those students who have achieved an 8 at GCSE; if you take Further Maths you will also study an AS level in Maths in another option block, so this means 2 Maths AS levels

To study AS Music you need a Grade 5 in an instrument

To study PE you must have at least a B grade in Core Science

To study Psychology you must have at least 5 in English Language and a B Core Science

To study computer science you must have studied it t GCSE and obtained a B grade

To study 1 Science you must have at least a B grade in the subject chosen and additional science students need at least a B grade on average across the exam elements of their course

To study 2 or more Sciences you must have As in those subjects and combined science students will need As in those subjects chosen

To study Physics you also need a 6 or above in Maths

In order to study a subject you have not previously studied at GCSE you must have at least a 5 in English Language or at least a GCSE grade B in a humanity subject

Assessment

AS

Appraising - 40%

Performing - 30%

Composing - 30%

A Level

Appraising - 40%

Performing - 35%

Composing - 25%

Future opportunities

Music is a highly regarded academic subject and whether you take it with a view to a career in music or as an additional A level subject, it is held in high esteem by universities and other institutions of higher education. Most people, however, study Music because they love it and you will have plenty of practical opportunities to develop your talents.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Seven Kings School directly.

Last updated date: 09 March 2017
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