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A Level : Music at Wigston College

Course description

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Course content

Component 1 Extended Performance Gives students opportunities to extend their performance skills as soloists and / or as part of an ensemble, students can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and / or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a 12-15 minute assessed performance of a balanced programme of music. Component 2 Composition and technical Study Comprises of two sections: composition and technical study. The composition section further develops students’ composition skills, leading to the creation of a final three minute piece in response to a chosen brief. The technical study section builds on the knowledge and awareness of harmony gained throughout the course. Students must complete two tasks in this unit choosing from either one composition and one technical study, two compositions or two technical studies. . Component 3 Developing Musical Understanding Focuses on listening to familiar music and understanding how it works. Set works from an anthology provide the focus for the first two sections, through listening and studying scores. In the third section, students use a score to identify harmonic and tonal features and then apply this knowledge in the completion of a short harmony exercise.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 5 in an instrument.

Minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade A*-C


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Financial information

Leicestershire Post 16 Bursary

Students are able to apply to us for support to overcome any barriers to learning.

Future opportunities

The A Level in Music can lead to further study in music, humanities, performing arts or media in Higher Education at Degree or HND level. Students gain excellent skill to allow them to pursue careers in the music industry, and will develop a range of personal qualities including self-confidence, communication and team-working skills, and analytical, technological and evaluation skills.

Further information

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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: 12 December 2018
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Key information

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