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Music A Level at Fairfax School

Course description

Music is constantly evolving; inspiring creativity and expression in a way that no other subject can. A-Level Music is a relevant and contemporary qualification, offering students the chance to study a wide range of musical genres. The course brings listening, performance and composition to life in new and engaging ways and links to the world around us.

Every student has different learning styles and musical tastes, which is why A-Level Music values all music styles, skills and instruments. The aim of the course is to broaden students’ minds and foster a love of music with a qualification that those of all abilities and backgrounds will enjoy.

Course content

The Western Classical Tradition, from 1650 - 1910, is a compulsory Area of Study. There are three strands of music represented which cover three genres; Baroque (solo concerto), Classical (operas of Mozart) and Romantic (piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg). Two are selected for study and students are required to show knowledge and understanding of the music through a written examination. A further Area of Study from a list of six, including Pop music, Jazz and Musical Theatre must also be selected. For the composition unit, two pieces are completed, based on briefs set by AQA. Various techniques are studied, using Sibelius 6 and Logic Pro 9 on Apple iMac platforms. Students must also perform a selection of pieces on their chosen instrument – one-to QA EXAMINATION BOARD 58 one instrumental lesson in or out of school support this.




- Component 1 - Appraising Music. Examination paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music (120 marks in total).

- Component 2 - Performance (Non-Exam Assessment). Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist or vocalist and/or using music technology (50 marks in total).

- Component 3 - Composition (Non-Exam Assessment). Two compositions to be completed, based on different briefs (50 marks in total).

Future opportunities

The step up to the sixth form from Key Stage 4 provides an exciting challenge. It requires a successful academic record and a genuine interest and motivation in learning. We are proud of our reputation for being an inclusive sixth form with outstanding results. We work very hard with our prospective students to ensure they are enrolled in courses that are entirely appropriate to their abilities and interests.

Applicants will need to have at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics and an additional 3 GCSE grades A*-C

- There are also subject specific requirements which can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus. 
- Internal applicants who meet the minimum academic entrance requirements will be offered a place automatically (subject to individual subject requirements and availability of courses). 
- All successful applicants will be required to sign a sixth form code of conduct in recognition of the Academy’s expectations of sixth form students in terms of their behaviour, punctuality and attendance.

Fairfax students unlikely to meet these requirements should seek advice from their Head of Year, the school careers adviser or the Director of Sixth Form about possible options available to them.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Fairfax School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2017
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