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Music A Level at Cowes Enterprise College

Course description

GCE in Music is 100% externally assessed, and consists of one written paper and two non-examined assessment components. Students must submit their non-examined assessment and complete the exam at the end of the course.

Course content

This exciting course offers students opportunities to study contemporary music as well as traditional musical components. In this course you will develop students’ skills in performing, composing and developing musical understanding. They will encounter a great variety of music both from the western classical traditions and from numerous contemporary genres. In their own performing they will have the freedom to work in whichever style and genre interests them.

Entry requirements

  • Strong GCSE music grade.
  • Students who have not taken GCSE music will be considered if they have ability to play an instrument at grade 5 or higher and are fluent readers of bass and treble clef.
  • All students are expected to be taking peripatetic music lessons during this course and contribute to extra curricular activities.


Component 1:

Performing (externally assessed 30% of the qualification)

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 6 minutes. Performances must be recorded after 1 March in the year of certification.

Component 2:

Composing (externally assessed 30% of the qualification)

A total of two compositions; one to a brief set by EDEXCEL and one either free composition or also to a brief. Each composition must be at least 2 minutes in duration. Total time across both submissions must be a minimum of four minutes and 30 seconds. Each composition carries 50% of the marks available for this component

Component 3:

Appraising (Written examination 40% of the qualification)

Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language. Students will study Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music
and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions. Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works. One written exam paper of .90 minutes.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowes Enterprise College directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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