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Music AS Level at Invicta Grammar School

Course description

Music inspires creativity and expression in a way that no other subject can. The new A Level Music offers you the chance to study a wider range of musical genres, bringing listening, performance and composition to life in new and engaging way.

Course content

Students seeking to study Music at A level must achieve a minimum of a B grade at GCSE music or its equivalent. You should have a Grade 5 or higher practical qualification either as a singer or as an instrumentalist, and be confident performers. You should also be musically literate; it is expected that students are fluent in both treble and bass clefs and have some experience of music dictation.

The core content of the course includes appraising music, performance and composition. You will be assessed in all three components at the end of the course.

A level Music builds on the knowledge and skills gained from GCSE Music as well as musical experience gained outside the classroom. It recognises the interdependence of different aspects of musical activity. A level Music provides a sound preparation for the study of music in higher education, as well as providing opportunities to develop strengths and interests leading to music related and other careers. It helps you develop a wide range of transferable skills such as critical thinking, research, communication and team-work.

Entry requirements

6/above in GCSE Music and grade 5/above on at least one instrument and Music Theory.


Component 1: Appraising Music
6 Areas of Study, Nos 1 & 2 compulsory plus one more choice
Listening tests

Component 2: Performance
Solo and/or ensemble performance
Externally marked (via video recording)
30% of AS

Component 3: Composition
Composition to a brief: 25 marks
Free composition: 25 marks
30% of AS

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years