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Music at Fulston Manor School

Course description


Studying music encourages self-discipline and diligence – traits that lead to effective study and work habits. If you enjoy performing and composing music and have a desire to learn about how it actually works then music can be a very rewarding choice at A Level. Music is a versatile subject and can be easily combined with other subjects from the arts, humanities, languages, sciences and maths.

  • To extend the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to communicate through music and take part in music making.

  • To engage in, and extend the appreciation of, the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, promoting spiritual and cultural development.

  • To develop particular strengths and interests encouraging life-long learning and providing access to music related and other careers.

  • To recognise the interdependence of musical skills, knowledge and understanding and the links between the activities of performing/realising, composing and appraising.

Course content


There are six units, with 3 being taken in each year. The Advanced GCE in Music has been designed to enable students to experience a wide range of musical skills including performing, composing and analysing, as well as developing an understanding of the historical and contextual uses of music.

The areas of study cover a wide range of music: Classical music, world music, popular music and jazz. Each area is seen within a broader cultural and historical context.


Component 1: Performing

Component 2: Composing

Component 3: Appraising

Entry requirements


To be accepted onto this course a student should have at least 5 GCSEs at grades 9 - 4 (or equivalent). it is preferred that students should have studied GCSE Music and have at least a Grade 4. Students need to be able to play an instrument and have individual tuition. They must be able to read musical notation.



Performance and composing are both non-examined, externally assessed components. Appraising is an externally assessed examination.

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: 27 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years