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A Level Music at Garth Hill College

Course description

Content of the AS course

There are three elements to the course, performance, composition and theoretical knowledge. In units 1, 2 & 3 students will develop their performance skills on their chosen instrument(s), compose music and learn the basics of harmony. The anthology remains the basis of historical and analytical study. Works are now grouped into three areas of study: instrumental music, vocal music and applied music.

Content of A2 course

In this part of the course students cover units 4, 5, & 6. They will develop their performance techniques as soloists or ensemble players, compose substantial pieces of music whilst including harmonies learnt through stylistic studies at A2. They will build up their aural and analytical skills by studying selections from the ‘New Anthology of Music’ and wider listening.

Entry requirements

You will need to have reached:

  •  At least a Grade 6 standard on one instrument and show that you have basic keyboard knowledge.
  •  A grade C at GCSE standard

You must also be part of the musical society, maybe playing in an orchestra, band or other performance and show commitment to independent research and wider listening.


AS students will cover units 1, 2, & 3 to include:

  •  A solo performance
  •  Composition under controlled conditions with sleeve notes.
  •  Anthology of music theoretical knowledge, set works.

Performances will initially be marked by teachers and will then be externally moderated by Edexcel.

A2 students will cover units 4, 5, & 6 to include:

  •  A solo/ensemble performance, 15 minutes in length.
  •  Technical study or further composition under controlled conditions with sleeve notes.
  •  Anthology of music theoretical knowledge, studied works and composers.

Future opportunities

The full GCE course (AS plus A2) is excellent preparation for higher education courses in music, but is equally valuable for non-specialists as a second or third area of study. The AS units alone can offer a broad and satisfying experience for those who want to end their musical studies at this point.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Garth Hill College directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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      Our results are good and many subjects’ results are among the best nationally.  However, we aim to ensure that all our Sixth Formers are encouraged to develop their personal confidence so that they can work effectively both for themselves and others.  We want to see all our Sixth Formers succeed, not only in their studies, but also as young adults within the College and local community.


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