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Music A Level at Wirral Grammar School for Boys

Course description

The AS and A2 courses build on the skills and knowledge developed at GCSE level in the areas of Composing, Performing and Understanding, but require a higher degree of practical skill and a greater depth of study. The course consists of six units:

Course content

At AS, students will develop an understanding of the organisation of sounds, the context of music, and musical styles and genres. Students will create musical ideas with technical control and expressive understanding, making creative use of musical devices, conventions and resources. Students offer two performances which may be solo, ensemble and/or technology-based. Each performance may be one longer piece or several shorter ones. Students may perform their own compositions.

At A2, students will acquire, explore and apply musical language and context. They will create and develop musical ideas with greater technical control and expressive understanding, making increased use of musical devices, conventions and resources. Students will offer two (or more) contrasting pieces to form a short programme for either acoustic performance and/or performance via music technology.


Students are assessed in the six units of work during the 2 year period with an overall weighting as follows:

Composing 30%
Performing 35%
Understanding 35%

Unit 3 will be assessed by the center and then moderated, all other units are marked by the AQA examiners.

Future opportunities

Advanced level music provides a worthwhile, satisfying and complete course of study which broadens experience, develops imagination, fosters creativity and promotes personal and social development. It can equally be a preparation for further study of music at degree level or a foundation for a lifetime of music-making as a leisure activity.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2015

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