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AS/A2 Level 3: Music at Wigston College

Course description

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Course content

Component 1: Performing 30% of the qualification, externally assessed • A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital. • Performance can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music using music technology. • The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 8 minutes. • Performances must be recorded after 1 March in the year of certification Component 2: Composing 30% of the qualification, externally assessed • Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by Pearson and one either free composition or also to a brief. • One composition must be from either a list of briefs related to the areas of study, or a free composition, carrying 40 marks for this component. This composition must be at least 4 minutes in duration. • One composition must be from a list of briefs assessing compositional technique, carrying 20 marks for this component. This composition must be at least 1 minute in duration, unless the brief specifies a longer minimum duration. • Total time across both submissions must be a minimum of 6 minutes. Component 3: Appraising 40% of the qualification, written examination: 2 hours • Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language. • Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works. o Vocal Music, o Instrumental Music, o Music for Film, o Popular Music and Jazz, o Fusions, o New Directions. • Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works. ●

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

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Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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Key information

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