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Music AS GCE AS Level at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Are you a natural performer? Or maybe you enjoy writing your own music? Perhaps you already play your instrument on a regular basis? Do you want an A level that will prepare you for a performance based course at college or university or a career in Arts Administration? Can you play a minimum of grade 5 standard on your instrument or voice? If the answer is yes then this would be an ideal subject for you.

Entry requirements

You must have at least 5 C's including a B in GCSE music.


Performing Unit 40% of AS (20% of A2) Perform a selection of solo pieces lasting 5 - 8 minutes and either a selection of solo pieces on a second instrument or a selection of ensemble pieces also lasting 5 - 8 minutes. You will be expected to perform to grade 6 standard. This is coursework based and can be completed at any time during the course.

Composing Unit 30% of AS (15% of A2) Compose a piece of music for a string quartet lasting between 3 - 6 minutes. This is coursework based and is completed in February.

Influences on Music 30% of AS (15% of A2)

Answer questions on previously unheard recorded extracts of music. Study the history of pop music from the 1960's to present day and Symphony No. 1 by Beethoven. You will be asked a variety of listening questions and answer longer essay style questions to demonstrate knowledge and understanding. 1 hr 45 written paper completed in June.

Future opportunities

Studying Music can lead to careers in: performing, session musician, teaching, publishing, TV and radio production, music production, music therapy, Arts Administration, PR work, sound engineering and media promotions.

Further information

65% is coursework which means you will have a good idea of how well you are doing before the final written examination.

You will have the opportunity to work with a professional composer from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonice Orchestra and perform in many of the excellent extra-curricular ensembles at Weatherhead.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weatherhead High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year