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Music AQA AS and A Level at Elthorne Park High School

Course description

The course enables students to experience a wide range of musical skills including performing, composing and analysing, as well as developing an understanding of the historical and contexual uses of music.

The course is for anyone who would like to continue to develop their music skills and knowledge. Students will need to develop practical skills in music making activiities, including performing, composing and aural analysis skills. 

Course content

  • Component 1: Appraising music
  • Component 2: Performance
  • Component 3: Composition 

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades (including English and Maths) and a minimum of a B grade in the GCSE related to your chosen subjects.

Specific entry requirement:

  • B in GCSE Music & Grade 5 in ABRSM/Trinity College

Assessment

AS Level:

Component 1: Appraising music:

  • Students will write a listeining and appraising examination paper, based on 2 areas of study, set and marked by the exam board at the end of the year.
  • 40% of AS

Component 2: Performance:

  • Students perform and record a 6-8 minute music performance as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble.
  • 30% of AS

Component 3: Composition:

  • Students will compose 2 pieces of music.
  • Composition 1: Composition to a brief
  • Composition 2: Free composition 3-4.5 minutes in total.
  • 30% of AS

A Level:

Component 1: Appraising music:

  • Students will write a listeining and appraising examination paper, based on 3 areas of study, set and marked by the exam board at the end of the year.
  • 40% of A-Level

Component 2: Performance:

  • Students perform and record a 10-12 minute music performance as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble.
  • 25-35% of A-Level

Component 3: Composition:

  • Students will compose 2 pieces of music.
  • Composition 1: Composition to a brief
  • Composition 2: Free composition 5-6 minutes in total
  • 25-35% of A-Level 

 

Future opportunities

A Level Music is an ideal preparation for studying the subject further at a higher level or for direct entry into a variety of pathways in performance, recording, teaching and self employment as a professional and Commercial Artist and many other Music industries.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Elthorne Park High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2016

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      Extra-curricular

      There is a huge range of extra-curricular activities on offer at Elthorne including sports teams, music groups, language clubs and more! Please see the timetables which will be distributed within the first few weeks for further details. Sixth Form students are also encouraged to set up their own activities or societies and support teachers in running clubs for younger students

      Whole school projects

      These projects are a great way to give back to the school, support younger students and learn skills at the same time. Currently we have a number of projects running including: Senior prefects, Year 7 accelerated reader scheme and academic mentoring

      Community projects

      EPHS has strong links with the community and we encourage students to nurture these by contributing to local projects.

      Enrichment lesson

      You will have one enrichment period every two weeks. In this hour you will be able to choose from a range of activities and courses to learn new skills and develop your knowledge outside of your A-level/BTEC courses. Some students will also be able to lead an activity.