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Music AS & A Level at Brine Leas School

Course description

Studying music at A Level gives you the power to engage with music more deeply as a performer, composer and listener. Throughout the exploration of two areas of study, candidates will develop and understand how sounds are organised. There will be one set of musical work for each of the AS and A2 years. There is a choice of topics including, amongst others, Musical Theatre, Popular Music from 1960 and Four Decades of Jazz and Blues.

Course content

Students in each year of the course will have a choice of free composition, compositional techniques or arranging to a brief provided by the examination board.

  • For AS students, the arranging brief is based on a folk song and for A2 it is in a rock, pop or jazz style. AS candidates will offer two performances chosen from solo, ensemble or ones that are technology-based.
  • For A2, candidates are required to present a 10-15 minute programme using acoustic instruments and/or music technology.

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved Grade C or above if studied at GCSE Level and/or Grade 5 in chosen instrumental or voice.

Assessment

AS

Unit 1: Influences on Music

  • 15% weighting
  • 1 hour 45 minutes written examination

Unit 2: Composition: Creating Musical Ideas

  • 15% weighting
  • Externally Assessed Coursework (Candidates receive a maximum of 20 hours, supervised in the centre in which to complete their compositions.)

Unit 3: Performing: Interpreting Musical Ideas

  • 20% weighting
  • 10-16 minutes Internally Assessed

A2

Unit 4: Music in Context

  • 20% weighting
  • 2 hours 15 minutes written examination

Unit 5: Composition: Developing Musical Ideas

  • 15% weighting
  • Externally Assessed Coursework (Candidates receive a maximum of 20 hours, supervised in the centre in which to complete their compositions.)

Unit 6: Performing: A Musical Performance

  • 15% weighting
  • 10-15 minutes Externally Assessed

Future opportunities

GCE in Music Technology has been widely accepted by higher education provides and this Music Advanced GCE will continue to provide valuable experience and preparation for students aiming for HE in the subject.

There are many career possibilities for those proficient in Music. Music careers could include work as a:

  • Composer
  • Music Therapist
  • Musician
  • Instrumental Teacher
  • Teacher

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brine Leas School directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2016

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