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A Level Music - New Linear A Level at Barton Court Grammar School

Course description

Music is an exciting and wide ranging subject and is an integral part of life at Barton Court. You will be encouraged to perform, compose and listen critically to music on a regular basis. The music course is ideal for students who want to pursue a career in the music industry or continue to study music academically. You will not be restricted in terms of the type of music you can perform, all styles are welcome! You will have the opportunity to perform in public and take part in events such as musicals and concerts held outside School.

Course content

The course is divided into three units:


Performing: an opportunity for students to demonstrate their solo and/or ensemble performance skills. They will be required to perform a public recital of a minimum duration of 8 minutes at the end of Year 13. This can be made up of several pieces.


Composition: Students are required to submit two pieces by the end of the course. At least one piece must be composed to a brief set by the examination board. This will require manipulation of the musical elements, including melody, harmony, rhythm, structure, texture, tonality, dynamics and timbre.


Appraising: Section A: listening questions based on set work studied, evaluating use of musical elements. Section B requires students to write in an extended way about the set works, linking them to unknown pieces.

Entry requirements

Sixth Form entry requirements, including Music at grade 6 and an instrumental grade 5 or better in at least one instrument/voice. If you have not taken a grade exam, but possess the required skills, please contact Ms Fenn (Subject Leader) to discuss your entry to the course. Students are also required to be able to read staff notation/tab (suitable to their instrument).


Performance (30%), Composition (30%), Appraising (40%)

Future opportunities

Music is a universal subject and the skills required to be a successful musician are transferable. Pupils will be taught to be confident, creative, to speak their minds and to critically evaluate what they hear. Students will study a variety of set works from contrasting genres and contexts and are expected to listen to these with an open and inquiring mind. An A Level in Music complements many other A Level subjects and can be a pathway to a wide variety of degree level courses and career options. Past Sixth Form pupils have gone on to study Music at degree level (at universities and conservatoires) and some who have taken Music during the Sixth Form have gone on to study Law, History and English. Many pupils find that taking A Level Music enhances their enjoyment of the subject and they continue to play/compose music even if it is not their career focus.

Further information

Speak ti Ms Fenn, Lead Teacher of Music, or click on

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years