Music - A Level at Kings Norton Girls' School & Sixth Form
The A Level in Music is 100% externally assessed, and consists of one written paper and two non-examined assessment components. The course covers a wide variety of musical styles ranging from Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century music, to World Music, The Beatles and David Bowie.
Component 1: Performing 30% of the A Level qualification.
A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital.
Performance can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music using music technology.
The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 8 minutes.
Performances must be recorded after 1 March in the second year of the course.
Component 2: Composing 30% of the A Level qualification.
Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by the exam board, and one either free composition or also to a brief.
One composition must be from either a list of briefs related to the areas of study, or a free composition, carrying 40 marks for this component. This composition must be at least 4 minutes in duration.
One composition must be from a list of briefs assessing compositional technique, carrying 20 marks for this component. This composition must be at least 1 minute in duration, unless the brief specifies a longer minimum duration.
Total time across both submissions must be a minimum of 6 minutes.
Component 3: Appraising 40% of the A Level qualification.
Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language.
Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works.
Music for Film,
Popular Music and Jazz,
Students will also have to apply their knowledge to unfamiliar works of music; not just the set works.
GCSE Music grade 6 or equivalent. Practical Music to grade 5.
Exam Board: Edexcel
FURTHER PROGRESSION AND CAREERS
Studying music at A Level can open a wide variety of doors to students. They may choose to continue on to degree level with their music education, and nowadays there are a lot of options to choose from. These range from music technology, music therapy, arts administration, performance or academic study. Many students who take A Level Music also use the transferable skills learned to study longer degree courses like medicine whilst choosing to continue developing their passion for music at university by joining a musical society.
Come to one of our Sixth Form Open Events to experience our vibrant and thriving community first hand:
Open Evening - Monday 18th September, 2017 from 5pm - 8pm
Open Morning - Tuesday 19th September, 2017 from 9am - 11am
Meet the Sixth Form and Careers Fair - Wednesday 15th November, 2017 from 3.30pm - 5.30pm
A copy of our application form and prospectus can be downloaded from https://kingsnortongirls.fluencycms.co.uk/Sixth-Form-Admissions or by contacting Zoe Nelmes, Sixth Form Administrator – firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kings Norton Girls' School & Sixth Form directly.