Music AS/A2 Level at Sheringham High School and Sixth Form Centre
Over the years, Sheringham has nurtured a number of excellent musicians, with many students gaining A-C grades. Moreover, many students have decided to continue with music at university as a principal subject.
Students take an active part in the musical life of the school, including participating in the Concert Band or Choir, in addition to other chamber ensembles. The school also regularly produces a Musical Show, in which A level students are often featured.
• Unit 1: Performing. This unit gives students the opportunity to perform as a soloist and/or in an ensemble. The standard expected is Grade 5 or above and students perform a recital to a visiting examiner. They also take part in a discussion relating to their performance (viva voce).
• Unit 2: Composing. Students produce a portfolio of work which comprises of a composition or arrangement and a set of 4-part harmony exercises. Students also submit written evidence to accompany their work.
• Unit 3: Historical Study. This unit culminates in a 2-hour examination, which includes listening, studying musical scores, placing works in historical/social context and applying aural skills.
• Unit 4: Performing – Interpretation. Similar to Unit 1, students perform an extended recital (Grade 6 standard or above) and complete a viva voce.
• Unit 5: Composing 2. Similar to Unit 2, students produce a portfolio of work which comprises of a composition and a set of 4-part harmony exercises. Students also submit written evidence to accompany their work.
• Unit 6: Historical and Analytical Studies. The final 2-hour examination focuses on interpretation and tonality, testing aural and listening skills, as well as musical understanding of both familiar and unfamiliar pieces.
Units 2 and 5 are internally assessed; all other units are externally assessed.
Music can be the key to entering many career paths. Often there is a misconception that the only careers open to music students are performing or composing. However, there are many more exciting career opportunities including sound engineering/recording, concert promotion/arts administration, music therapy and teaching, to name but a few.
Also many other careers such as Law and Medicine have music specialists working in them. For example there are lawyers who specialise in performing/recording contracts within the music industry. Similarly, there are doctors who specialise in performance related injuries.
It may be that you enjoy music and don’t have plans to take it any further than A-Level. Employers see many qualities that musicians possess such as team building and leadership skills as being highly desirable in the workplace.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sheringham High School and Sixth Form Centre directly.