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Music A Level at Burford School and Community College

Course description

This course is designed for students who want to explore music in more depth and perform and compose at a higher level. If you enjoyed the GCSE course you will definitely enjoy ‘A’ Level. This course is not just open to those students who want to read music at University, but to anyone who wants to improve their musical knowledge. Music has always been recognised as an academic subject by the Russell Group Universities as it complements any science or mathematics degree.
The Music Department at Burford School is a busy place, with many ensembles rehearsing every week and lots of opportunities to perform. All ‘A’ Level musicians are automatically enrolled on the Advanced Musicianship Programme which offers lectures and workshops given in conjunction with Oxford University, subsidised instrumental lesson costs and membership of a county ensemble.

Course content

• You will study Western Classical Music in depth (including the Baroque Solo Concerto and Mozart’s Operas).
• You will study music from two more Areas of Study. This could include Art Music from 1910 and Musical Theatre.
• Exam paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music
• 120 marks
• 40% of total marks
• Short and extended answers
• Solo and/or ensemble performing
• Minimum 10 minutes recorded performance time
• Minimum Grade 6 standard
• Externally assessed
• 50 marks
• 35% of total marks
• Two compositions, composition to a brief and free composition
• Minimum four and a half minutes combined
• Externally assessed
• 50 marks
• 25% of total marks

Entry requirements

Grade 4 GCSE Music, Grade 6 standard on principal instrument by the end of Year 13, the ability to read music and gain Grade 5 theory by the end of Year 12.

Further information

You will need to continue instrumental lessons on your principal instrument, listen to as much classical music as possible, go to concerts and build up your general knowledge of music history. You will need to develop your music theory skills as you will be entered for Grade 5 Theory at the end of Year 12 if you haven’t already take the exam.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burford School and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2017