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Music A Level at WQE

Course description

The A-level course consists of three units: Appraising Music (listening, analysis and contextual understanding), Performing and Composing.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard College entry requirements (see below), this course also requires students to have achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE Music and at least Grade 5 standard on an instrument or voice (Grade 6 at A2). Students who have not taken a graded exam will be asked to perform to demonstrate their ability.

If GCSE Music has not been taken, knowledge of music theory to Grade 4 standard is essential (including a working knowledge of standard music notation - see ABRSM syllabus for further details).

All Music students are required to participate in at least one musical enrichment at the College.


For the performance units you will give a recital on the instrument of your choice (or voice). It can be solo or ensemble, from a score or improvised.
For composition you will create two pieces of music: one a ‘free’ composition, and one to fit a chosen brief. It is submitted as coursework.
The Appraising music unit is assessed through two hour exam in the summer examination period, comprising listening, analysis and extended essay questions.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 31 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years