Music at The Thetford Academy
GENERAL AIMS: This course aims to develop students’
performance and composition skills together with an
understanding and application of the Music Industry.
Students compose and perform, using instruments used
in the music industry (or traditional instruments in some
cases), while developing their knowledge of musical
conventions, styles and techniques within the industry
and using them effectively. They will gain practical
experience of music technology, its uses and capabilities.
Students are required to be able to:
n Play an instrument at GCSE standard.*
n Read music notations.
n Understand music theory at GCSE Level **
* This is usually at Grade IV or V of ABRSM/ rockschool
examinations. NB: Grades need not to have been taken;
however students must be able to play at an acceptable level
and an audition may be required for those joining the 6th
form and those who have not completed a GCSE level course.
** This will include; Key signatures, chords, bass and treble
clef and a good understanding of the elements of music.
COURSE OUTLINE: Students can opt for a choice
of 1, 2 or 3 A Level equivalents, each requiring the
completion of coursework that, depending on its
content, is worth a certain number of credits - 5, 10
or 15. The course is project based, and within each
project students will complete various assignments
of a practical and theoretical nature. Within each
of category are 86 units, each with a compulsory
aspect, Music Arrangement, Composition, Practical
Harmony Application, The Music Industry, Performance,
Musical History / Context and Music Technology.
NATURE OF STUDY: As well as lessons, in which there
will be a combination of teacher directed information,
presentations, individual practice and ensemble
work, candidates will be expected to show increasing
independence in their study skills. The majority of their
work will be split between rehearsal, research and
individual creative projects. Students are expected to
keep an evaluative, analytical diary giving evidence of
their processes and progress through each unit.
Students are expected to be competent musicians,
both in performance and subject knowledge
terms. They will prepare and perform at regular
specified intervals and will be expected not only
to participate but also to be responsible for the
organisation and management of each event.
Sixth Form Entry
5 A*-C at GCSE, including a C in English + Mathematics,
with a B grade in the chosen subject areas for A Level.
BTEC Level 3
4 A*-C, preferably including a C in English + Mathematics.
BTEC Level 2
2 D grades.
Each student’s work is reviewed at the end of
Year 12 and progress into Year 13 is dependent on
satisfactory performance in the examinations.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thetford Academy directly.