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Music A Level at Torquay Boys Grammar School

Course description

The aim of the A level specification is to provide students with a broad, balanced and inter-related course of study covering a wide academic and practical understanding of the subject.

Students will extend the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to communicate through music both as performers and composers. They will be encouraged to participate in a wide range of musical activities, both inside and outside of school.

The course aims to engage students in and extend their knowledge and appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music. Students will be encouraged to develop particular strengths and study in greater depth those aspects of the subject which particularly appeal to them.

Course content

Skills are developed leading to a recital of at least eight minutes. The music can be in any style and on any instrument or voice. Students can perform as soloists or as part of an ensemble. The music may be notated, improvised or realised using music technology.
The standard level is equivalent to Grade 7. Pieces above or below this level of difficulty are scaled accordingly.

Students develop their composition and technical skills, learning more of the processes involved in creating music. They complete two tasks – a composition and a technical study/ arrangement/remix totalling 6 minutes in length. The composition can be free or a response to one of six briefs set by Edexcel.
The technical study is in response to one of four briefs assessing technique set by Edexcel.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade A is the normal minimum requirement. Students should be grade 5 standard or higher on any instrument/voice and have a reasonable grounding in music theory. In exceptional circumstances it may be possible for advanced performers without GCSE, but with grade 5 theory, to join the course after interview with Head of Department.


Teaching will involve whole class discussions as well as small group and individual work. Some of the work will involve using IT.

Assessment of the performing component (30%) will be carried out internally with external moderation. All other components will be externally marked.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Torquay Boys Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 April 2017

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