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Music A level at Wilmslow High School

Course description

The AS/A Level course consists of three/six components which every student must study.

AS/A Level music aims to extend the musical skills, appreciation of many diverse styles within music history and develop the particular strengths and interests of each individual student.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have achieved a grade B in GCSE music and grade 4 in an instrument and theory. However, it is recommended that students have achieved a grade A at GCSE music and Grade 5 in an instrument and theory.

Assessment

AS Music – one year

Component 1: Appraising music (40%)
What’s assessed
Listening
Analysis
Contextual understanding

How it’s assessed
Exam paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music.

Questions
Section A: Listening
Section B: Analysis
Section C: Essay

Areas of Study Area of study 1: Western Classical Tradition
Strand A: Baroque solo concerto
Strand B: The operas of Mozart

Area of study 4: Music for Theatre or Music for media

Component 2: Performance (30%)
What’s assessed
Music performance

How it’s assessed
Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or music production.

A minimum of six minutes of performance in total is required (no more than eight minutes).

This component is worth 30% of AS marks (50 marks in total).

This component will be externally marked by AQA examiners.

Demand The minimum requirement is Grade 4 or equivalent

Component 3: Composition (30%)
What’s assessed
Composition

How it’s assessed
Composition 1: Composition to a brief (25 marks)
Composition 2: Free composition (25 marks)

Questions

A minimum of four and a half minutes of music in total is required (no more than six minutes).

This component will be externally marked by AQA examiners. Work must be completed by 31st May and sent by post/uploaded to AQA

A Level Music – one year

Component 1: Appraising music (40%)

What’s assessed
Listening
Analysis
Contextual understanding

How it’s assessed
Exam paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music.

Questions
Section A: Listening (56 marks)
Section B: Analysis (34 marks)
Section C: Essay (30 Marks)

Areas of Study
Areas of study 1: Western Classical Tradition
Strand A: Baroque solo concerto
Strand B: The operas of Mozart
Strand C: the piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg

Area of study 4: Music for Theatre/Music for Media
Area of study 5: Jazz

Component 2: Performance (35%)

What’s assessed
Music performance

How it’s assessed
Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist, or vocalist and/or music production (via technology).

Questions

A minimum of ten minutes of performance in total is required (no more than twelve minutes).

This component will be externally marked by AQA examiners.

Demand

The minimum requirement is Grade 5 or equivalent.

Component 3: Composition (25%)

What’s assessed
Composition

How it’s assessed
Composition 1: Composition to a brief (25 marks)
Composition 2: Free composition (25 marks)

Questions

A minimum of four and a half minutes of music in total is required (no more than six minutes).

This component is worth 25% of A level marks (50 marks in total)

This component will be externally marked by AQA examiners. Work must be completed by 31st May and sent by post/uploaded to AQA.

Further information

Music A level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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