Accessibility links

Music A Level at Nailsea School

Course description

Component 1: Performing

  • Solo and/or ensemble - Grade 6 or above
  • Any style, any instrument/voice
  • Minimum 8 minutes recorded at a live recital.

Component 2: Composing

  • Composition 1 can relate to the areas of study or a composition of free choice. This composition will be 4 minutes in duration.
  • Composition 2 is assessed on compositional techniques. This composition must be at least 1 minute in duration. The combined length of both compositions must be 6 minutes. Compositional techniques may include a Bach Chorale, 2-Part Counterpoint, Arrangement or a Remix.

Component 3: Appraising

  • The examination will assess application and knowledge of six areas of study, each with three set works
  • Areas of Study include:
    • Vocal Music
    • Instrumental Music
    • Music for Film
    • Popular Music and Jazz, Fusion
    • New Direction

Entry requirements

For A-Level Music you will need at least Grade 5 at Music GCSE, preferably a Grade 6 and be able to perform at Grade 6 level as a singer or instrumentalist. It is essential to have GCSE English Grade 4, preferably a Grade 5. It is essential to have achieved, or be working towards, Grade 5 Music Theory.

You will need have a commitment and dedication to independent work and personal practice to study music. It is advantageous to be participate in Extra curricular Music at Nailsea School.

Entry to the Sixth Form is not automatic, but depends on:

Achieving 5 grade 4s or above for entry to level 3 courses and meeting the individual entry requirements of your chosen Level 3 courses.

Assessment

Component 1: Performing

  • 30% of A Level
  • 60 marks
  • Solo and/or ensemble - Grade 6 or above
  • Any style, any instrument/voice
  • Minimum 8 minutes recorded at a live recital.

Component 2: Composing

  • 30% of A Level
  • 40 marks for composition 1 and 20 marks for composition 2
  • Composition 1 can relate to the areas of study or a composition of free choice. This composition will be 4 minutes in duration.
  • Composition 2 is assessed on compositional techniques. This composition must be at least 1 minute in duration. The combined length of both compositions must be 6 minutes. Compositional techniques may include a Bach Chorale, 2-Part Counterpoint, Arrangement or a Remix.

Component 3: Appraising

  • 40% of A Level
  • 100 marks
  • 2 hour Written Exam
  • The examination will assess application and knowledge of six areas of study, each with three set works
  • Areas of Study include:
    • Vocal Music
    • Instrumental Music
    • Music for Film
    • Popular Music and Jazz, Fusion
    • New Direction

Coursework: Performing & Composing

Examination: Appraising Music

Awarding Body: Edexcel/Pearson

Future opportunities

Specialist music courses /Combined degree courses. Training at a Music College or Conservatoire. Community Music/Primary or Secondary teaching with music as Specialism/Instrumental/Vocal Teaching/Musical events/Performing/Music Therapy/Music Psychology/Music Journalism/Music & the Media/Composer.

Further information

Student Profile

Year: 13

A Levels: Maths, Music, History

Level 2 Courses studied: 11 A*s. I was surprised to do quite so well and was ecstatic with my results. I knew what I wanted to do at Sixth Form so stuck with my plans.

Reasons for taking course: I chose Music, Maths, History because I really enjoy each of them. They all have different challenges and different rewards and I knew they were likely to be good choices to get me where I wanted to be after Sixth Form (at the time I didn’t know).

As a violinist, I was already deeply interested in music, both practically and the theory side. I wanted to expand my knowledge of composition technique and be able to further understand what I was playing.

What I like about this course: I love the way that you learn so many different skills. You perform, compose, develop your aural skills, learn how to correctly harmonise Bach Chorales and study set works in great detail so that you feel like an expert in each. It is a challenging subject as it takes a lot of work but is a lot of fun and the atmosphere in the music department is great, friendly and hardworking. This A Level lets you develop your academic and expressive sides and works well with many other subjects.

My advice: Do what you enjoy. If you study a subject that you just don’t really like, then you won’t be interested and so are a lot less likely to get what you want out of Sixth Form. Study what you love and that will allow you to develop, academically and personally, and you will find that you can get much more out of Sixth Form.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 December 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

Venues