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Music AS/A Level at Kennet School

Course description

There are three modules in A Level Music: 1. Performing music 2. Composition 3. Listening, Analysing and Appraising Music Over the two year course students will study a compulsory unit of music from the Western Classical Tradition 1650 to 1910. Students then have the option to study Music for Media, Music for Theatre, Pop Music, Jazz Music, Contemporary Traditional Music and Art Music from 1910. At A level students are encouraged to perform as soloists and as part of an ensemble. Students are required to submit a 10 minute programme of music at Grade 7 standard or above in the second year of study. Students also have the opportunity to realise performances using music technology. Composition skills develop from those learned at GCSE and students are required to produce a four-minute composition portfolio consisting of two compositions: one from a choice of briefs and one that is a free composition.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B or above in Music and Grade 6 on an instrument or voice.


A level Music is assessed by a listening and written paper worth 40% and then the performance and composition units are externally assessed coursework.

Future opportunities

The majority of students who have followed A level courses at Kennet have subsequently pursued degree courses in Music or Music Technology, although it can contribute to the university points score for any course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 Years