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Music A level at Woking College

Course description

The first year of this course involves solo and ensemble performances, composition and a final written exam based on listening and the analysis of music studied throughout the year. During the second year, you will continue with solo and ensemble performances in an 8 minute recital and study composition and compositional techniques. There is a final written exam based on more in-depth and academic analysis and listening. Many students study both Music and Music Technology as the courses are very different in content.

Course content

Component 1 - Coursework: Performing (Minimum 8 minutes - 30%)

  • Section A: Performance of one or more pieces as a recital (solo or ensemble).

Component 2 - Coursework: Composing (Two compositions of total minimum 6 minutes - 30%)

  • Section A: Composition from list of briefs relating to area of study/free composition of at least 4 minutes.
  • Section B: Composition from list of briefs showcasing compositional technique of at least 1 minute.

Component 3 - Examination: Appraising (2 hours - 40%)

  • Section A: Areas of study & dictation. (questions relating to set works & melody/rhythm completion exercise).
  • Section B: Extended response (2 essays linking set works to external music, and evaluating musical elements, context and language).

Entry requirements

Five A*- C grades (or equivalent grade 4+)

Grade B or above in Music and grade 6+ in English Language is desirable but not essential.

You must be at least grade 5 standard on your instrument/voice and grade 5 standard in music theory. It is essential that you can read written music fluently.


Coursework = 60%, Examination = 40%

Future opportunities

Music College is the destination of choice for outstanding performers. Alternatively, onto University to study for a Music Degree with a view to a future career in performing, teaching, arts management, music management, the recording industry, composition, music therapy or many other rewarding careers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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