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Music: A level linear, NO AS qualification at St Richard Reynolds Catholic College

Course description

What is it about?

The St Richard Reynolds music department is committed to creativity and academic excellence. A level music is not only an exciting and challenging course but can form the basis of many different careers, in the arts and beyond. A level music is a practical course with plenty of opportunity for self-expression and for the exploration of meaningful musical works from throughout history. Above all, the course enables you to develop as a high level and insightful musician.

Who does it suit?

If you are someone who is determined to excel as a musician, and develop compositional and analytical skills to a high level, this is the course for you. You need to be someone with the stamina to work hard on your chosen instrument and be prepared to explore a number of musical works in great detail.



Course content

In the first year you will study:

Performance: Developing and building on individual technique on your chosen instrument
Appraisal: Harmonic tecniques and devices; Piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Greig; operas of Mozart
Composition: Free composition

In the second year you will study:

Performance: Developing performance skills; final recital
Appraisal: Further areas of study to compliment the skills and experience of those studying on the course. Topics will be selected from pop music, music for media, music for theatre, jazz, contemporary traditional music, art music since 1910
Composition: composition to a brief set by the board

In addition to timetabled lessons, this subject requires 7 hours of private instrumental/vocal practice per week.




Entry requirements

Minimum 5 GCSE Grade 4 - 9 including English Language and Mathematics

GCSE Music Grade 6 minimum
Grade 5 on piano, voice or an instrument


What's assessed?
Listening, analysis and an essay, using set works and unprepared works.

Taught throughout the course

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What's assessed?
One fifteen minute recital, to take place after 1st March in year of examination


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What's assessed?
Two compositions, one to be written to a set brief


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Future opportunities

Many music A level students go on to develop a career in music, either as a performer, or composer, or working in music management or the media. However, the course lends itself excellently to an infinite number of careers; it is unique in the fostering of several skills that are hugely valuable for the world of work. These include presentation and performance skills, teamwork, events organising and individual focus, commitment and endurance, to name a few.

Music provides the perfect counterpart to either an arts or science-based A level curriculum. Both Oxford and Cambridge include music in the top list of "generally suitable Arts A levels" that they would look for applicants to hold.

Further information

The music department runs several trips throughout the year for a range of musical events in London and beyond.  It is expected that A level music students will take part fully in the life of the music department and involve themselves in choirs, orchestra, chamber ensembles and stage productions as appropriate. We also expect A level students to take the lead in arranging music, organising music department events, and using their skills in the wider community.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Ms Caroline Firman
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 8325 4630
    • Email address: