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Music AS Level at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description


Music is highly regarded by universities and colleges as a rigorous subject which is both creative and academic. It contains elements of Mathematics, Physics, History, Languages, Art, Drama and Religious Education. Music stretches the imagination, builds confidence and provides opportunities to solve technical and stylistic challenges. These skills help us to achieve our potential in other subjects and learn better and faster.

Course content

CONTENT - Advanced Subsidiary Level

i) Performance Students give a solo recital PLUS one other performance chosen from a variety of options. There is also a short viva voce

ii) Composition Students complete exercises in four-part harmony as coursework and one original instrumental composition

iii) Historical Study Aural and written analysis of four set works

Entry requirements

AS Level

  • Entry onto AS courses is conditional on you achieving at least five B grades at GCSE Level which must include the subjects you intend to study
  • If you are starting a new subject at AS Level such as Psychology or Film Studies you must achieve a B grade in a related subject at GCSE Level such as Science or English
  • All students must also achieve at least a C grade in Mathematics and English Language


ASSESSMENT : Performance - visiting examiner

Composition - internally assessed

Historical Study - examination

Future opportunities


Advice and guidance is given to those who wish to proceed to university, conservatoire or other colleges. In recent years, pupils have gone on to study for degrees in Music at the universities of Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and Chicago; also Leeds College of Music, Welsh College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire. Opportunities exist in music therapy, journalism, arts administration, sound recording and teaching - where music is held in special esteem for Primary training. For those of exceptional talent, performing or composing would be an option as a career.

Further information


You do not need to have studied Music at GCSE to study it at either Advanced Subsidiary or Advanced Level, but if achieved, at least a grade B is required. You should be a performer of approximately Grade 6 standard (preferably with Grade 5 Theory), but the main criteria are that you should be prepared to be active in ensembles at school and that you should enjoy playing and listening to and composing music of all styles. (If you have not studied Music at GCSE level, it is essential to have a discussion with staff during the A level Forum Day and Evening.)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 school year