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Music AS and A Level at Harton Technology College

Course description

The A level Music specification enables students to extend their knowledge and understanding of music, to create and develop their own musical ideas and to demonstrate technical, interpretative and communication skills through performing music.

This six-unit course helps students to develop aural, theoretical and analytical skills and enables them to explore a significant set work and an area of study selected to suit their preferences. They can choose to study compositional techniques, to create music which draws on their own experience and enthusiasm or to arrange a given piece of music. In their performances, students can present solo and ensemble pieces and can work with music technology.

A level Music builds on the knowledge and skills gained from GCSE Music as well as musical experience gained outside the classroom. It recognises the interdependence of different aspects of musical activity. The qualification provides a sound preparation for the study of music in higher education, as well as providing opportunities to develop strengths and interests leading to music-related and other careers. It encourages students to develop a wide range of transferable skills such as critical thinking, research, communication and team-work.

Course content

The units studied on the course are:
 
Units in Year 12 culminating in AS Music:
 
  • Influences on Music
  • Creating Musical Ideas
  • Interpreting Musical Ideas
 
Units in year 13 studied to a full A level in Music:
 
  • Music in Context
  • Developing Musical Ideas
  • A Musical Performance

Entry requirements

  • To access level three courses at Harton 6th Form, students need to obtain a minimum GCSE only Average Point Score (APS) of 6 (from the best 8 GCSE results).
  • Students should have at least GCSE grade 5 in both English and mathematics.

Assessment

The AQA A Level in music has an external examination, controlled assessment and portfolio based assessment. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 December 2016

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