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Music AS/ A2 at Dixons City Academy

Course description

Students will extend the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to communicate through music and to take part in making music, engaging in and extending their appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, and promoting spiritual and cultural development

Course content

Unit 1- Will focus on studying the Western Classical Tradition (this will be a set work by Mozart), aural work and also a choice of Choral Music in the Baroque period, Musical Theatre from 1940-1980 or British Popular Music from 1960-present day. This part of the course is examined through a final written exam, which is partly an aural assessment and partly based on essay writing

Unit 2- Focuses on the compositional techniques and students will have a variety of options to choose from including harmonising and existing melody, creating their own free style composition or arranging a folk song in any musical style. The composition is then submitted for external assessment.

Unit 3 - Involves giving a performance on an instrument/voice, or an ensemble performance or technology-based performance. These performances are initially assessed internally and then moderated by the exam board.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs ay Grade C or above, including GCSE Music at Grade B. Students may however be considered if they have Associated Board Grade 5 Theory in addition to Grade 5 in their chosen instrument. It is essential that they have studied an instrument to at least a Grade 4 standard and intend to continue with this.


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Future opportunities

A stepping-stone to A2 music, which is ideal preparation for going to study Music in any capacity either for an academic course at university or a performance-based course at a specialist music college.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dixons City Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years