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Music A Level at St Anselm's College

Course description

Music at A level is a natural progression from GCSE with the same weighting of course components: performance, composition and listening and appraising. As stated above those candidates who do not have GCSE music but can already perform pieces of Grade 5 standard will be able to manage the course and will undertake, where necessary, an additional music theory booster course.

Entry requirements

GCSE Music at grade ‘B’ or above. Those candidates who do not have GCSE music but can already perform pieces of Grade 5 standard will also be able to manage the course and will undertake, where necessary, an additional music theory booster course.

Assessment

Component One: Performing – 30% (coursework)
Solo and/or ensemble performance lasting 8 minutes recorded at the end of Year 13
Component Two: Composition – 30% (coursework)
Two compositions to be submitted lasting a total of 6 minutes, submitted at the end of Year 13.
Composition One is a free composition based on one of the six areas of study (see below). It can be written in any style for any combination of instruments and/or voices.
Composition Two is a technical exercise, using techniques taught during the course, which is completed under controlled conditions at the end of Year 13.
Component Three: Listening and Appraising – 40% (two-hour examination)
There are 18 exciting set works taken from the six areas of study: vocal music; instrumental music; music for film; popular music and jazz; fusions and new directions. Music studied includes Bach, Debussy, Mozart, the Beatles, David Bowie and film scores from Psycho, Pirates of the Caribbean and Batman!

Future opportunities

Music is widely respected and recognised as a rigorous performing arts subject and requires a range of different skills such as analysis, creativity and self-discipline. Music complements other subject areas and, as well as being the pathway to further study of music at university or conservatoire, it can form a great platform for entry into a whole range of creative careers.
The best A level musicians listen widely to a variety of styles; practise every day and take part in some ensemble activity; put themselves forward for concerts and performances; enjoy discussing music and offering their opinions and look to professional performances and recordings for inspiration on how to develop their own technique and skills. If you have a love of music along with self-motivation this is an ideal course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Anselm's College directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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