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Music A-Level at St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School

Course description

A-Level Music will appeal to open-minded musicians from a range of musical backgrounds. Its breadth makes it suitable for study alongside arts-based, practical and scientific subjects; Universities recognize both the academic demands made and the skills developed by the study of music. The course consists of six units completed over two years. Three units are taken at the end of the first year to form the AS level. The A2 units build on the grounding provided by the AS course. Both AS and A2 involve a mixture of performing, composing, listening and appraising. At each stage some solo performing is required; the length and difficulty of performances increasing from AS to A2 level. There are also opportunities for ensemble playing and candidates are free to perform in styles best suited to their talents. The composing element of the course involves both some traditional techniques of harmony and counterpoint, and some freer composition in a style chosen by the candidate. Both composition and performance involve a significant degree of coursework. Students study a wide range of musical styles in preparation for the listening and appraising units. Through this approach, they develop not only a knowledge of the works of individual composers, but an appreciation of music from many different eras and traditions. It may be possible for a student to take A-Level Music without having studied GCSE in the subject. Please talk to a member of the Music Department if you are interested in doing this. St Bernard’s offers a varied programme of events throughout the year. There are choirs, wind ensembles, junior and senior string groups, a jazz band, and a classical guitar group, as well as many other opportunities to become involved in music.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements to the Sixth Form are a minimum of three Grade Bs and two Grade Cs at GCSE. Students must obtain at least Grade B at GCSE in the subjects to be studied at A/S level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 June 2015

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