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Music A level at Oaks Park High School

Course description

This course builds upon the three key skills studies at GCSE level: performing, composing and developing musical understanding. You will be exposed to a wide range of musical styles and become familiar with the more complex rudiments of music. Through composing and listening tasks you will broaden your understanding, whilst your performing skills will be significantly improved through both solo and ensemble tasks. Analysis of set works includes both instrumental and vocal music. This course offers a practical approach and allows you to be creative and imaginative whilst giving you a deeper insight into the complex world of music. 
 Students studying music will benefit from combining a range of different subjects and will find that music complements their studies. Most particularly, music has links with: Performing Arts, Drama and Theatre Studies, Art, Mathematics, English Literature, Geography, History. 

Course content

Teaching will take place in whole group sessions as well as individual tutorial time and instrumental or vocal lessons. The dedicated music classrooms, IT suite and practice rooms provide an inspiring and creative environment. Music Technology in the form of individual workstations will be employed to aid composition and performance.

Unit 1 - 'AS' Performing. solo and/or ensemble performances 15%

Unit 2- 'AS' Composing: developing musical ideas 15%

Unit 3 -'AS' Developing Musical Understanding 20%

Unit 4 - 'A2' Extended Performance 15%

Unit 5 - 'A2' Composing and Technical Study 15%

Unit 6 - 'A2' Further Musical Understanding 20% 


Entry requirements

'C' grade or above in Music GCSE. Grade 4+ standard on instrument, or voice. (An excellent standard on an instrument may be acceptable if music was not taken at GCSE) 


Assessment will be through solo and ensemble performances, composition portfolios and a written and listening examination.

Future opportunities

After completing Music A-Level you will be very well placed to continue your studies at degree level either at a university or conservatoire. The course gives you skills in performing, composing and analysis, therefore you will have a great choice in the direction you take.

Possible employment prospects include: session musician, film and TV composer, Arts administrator, conductor, animator and instrumental teacher. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 November 2016
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