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Music AS/A2 at Lawrence Sheriff School

Course description

Course overview

At both AS and A2 you will perform regularly on your

first and second instruments, compose original music

and make arrangements, and study set works taken

from the western classical tradition and popular music.

Full course content can be found on the OCR website.

Course content

You can expect to:
• Perform regularly in public and to the class.
• Continue lessons on your instrument.
• Critique and analyse your performances.
• Compose original music to a self-defined brief.
• Arrange short extracts of music in given styles.
• Study set works including orchestral, jazz, stage
musicals and operas.
• Analyse previously unseen music.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Music and preferably a pass in Grade 5 Theory. Ability to read music.


40% Performing [Exam], 30% Composing [Coursework], 30% written exam.

Future opportunities

Where does it lead?

Music can lead to a vibrant career as a performing

musician, working as a composer/arranger in the TV and

film industry, teaching, music therapy, publishing and

music journalism. Music develops many transferable skills,

such as teamwork, leadership, analysis and


Further information

Other useful information

The minimum standard for performing at AS Level is

approximately equivalent to ABRSM grade 4. To

achieve the highest mark bracket the standard is

approximately grade 6. All instruments and musical styles

are acceptable. Students are encouraged to perform as

regularly as possible, both as a soloist and as a member

of an ensemble. To undertake this course you should be

able to read music. Each student will need to purchase a

copy of the Rheingold OCR A2 Music study guide which

will be available from school at the start of the course or

can be bought in advance from


Students’ views …

“I enjoyed the compositional aspect as it gave me the

chance to write music in my favourite style.”

“Studying music was a welcome creative complement to

my other maths and science based courses.”

“I really enjoyed the lively and encouraging atmosphere

the department offered.”


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lawrence Sheriff School directly.

Last updated date: 19 November 2015
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