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Music AS Level at The Billericay School

Course description

You will probably choose to study music if you are a competent instrumentalist or singer (min. ABSRM grade V), have a strong interest in composing your own music and a desire to learn about music history, advanced harmony and theory.

Course content

AS Level Performing
You will perform as a soloist and/or in ensembles in a style of your choice. Any instrument (s) or voice (s) are acceptable as part of a 6-8 minutes recital. This
is 30% of AS level.


Entry requirements

To be successful in this course, you need:
  • A C or above at GCSE Music is desirable and helpful to you but not essential. Music theory standard grade 5 and grade 5 performance standard on an instrument;
  • A secure instrumental facility;
  • To have a TRUE passion to study Music.


You will compose 2 compositions, one to a brief set by the exam board and one to a brief written by you. This is 30% of AS Level.
Listening and appraising
This is a 2 hour written exam including aural extracts. This is 40% of AS Level. The preparation for this exam is the same as the A level exam.

Future opportunities

The course provides a sound basis for students wishing to proceed to higher education courses in music or performing arts. It can lead to careers in teaching, performing and composition, as well as related areas in publishing and media.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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    • The size of our Sixth Form gives us greater resources than smaller institutions and this means we are more able to offer a wider range of subject and course combinations at A level & BTEC level 3.

      • A highly qualified and experienced staff that have a proven track record of working successfully at A level.
      • Excellent study facilities and subject resources (including state of the art media and music facilities).
      • Personalised care and support through a personal tutor and the Sixth Form pastoral team, supporting and monitoring your progress and acting as a contact point with home.
      • An exceptional curriculum enrichment programme.
      • Access to the school’s sport and gym facilities.
      • Outstanding guidance and support for university, employment or training.