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Music A Level at Sandhurst School

Course description

A level music encourages students to explore and develop their skills as a musician. They will have the opportunity to compose their own music as well as performing both individually and as a part of a group. Students will listen to a wide range of music, from classical to pop and world to film music, and develop an appreciation of how and why it was written and performed.

There are a range of practical and written exams and the students’ development will be assessed through performances, composition, listening and analytical skills.

Course content

A variety of topic areas will be studied including:

Appraising Music - Listening, analysis and contextual understanding. Assessed through an exam paper using excerpts of music.

Performing Music - Students must perform for a minimum of six minutes and a maximum of eight minutes in total.

Composing Music - To a brief and free composition, and in response to a technical study.

Further musical understanding - Listening and written exam based on a variety of set works.

Entry requirements

Students must gain at least a grade 6 in GCSE music. However entry to the course is available to students who did not study GCSE music, provided they have relevant musical experience.

Future opportunities

The course provides an excellent basis for lifelong learning and for university courses in music. There are also many opportunities for a career in the music industry ranging through performing, composing, teaching, journalism, radio and television and music therapy.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years