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Music A Level at Kensington Aldridge Academy

Course description

Studying music at A-level gives you the power to engage with music more deeply as a performer, composer and listener. There are many courses available at universities and conservatoires, from which music graduates enter a hugely diverse range of professions both in and out of the world of music and the creative arts.

Although A-level music involves a lot of creative work (around 60%), the theoretical study of music history and theory is sufficiently rigorous that it is accepted as a serious academic subject for entry to most university courses.

Course content

The A-Level Music course is broken down into 6 areas of study, each with 3 set works.

  • Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music
  • Music for Film
  • Popular Music and Jazz
  • Fusions
  • New Directions

Entry requirements

6 A*-C grades plus a grade 5 or above in both English (Lit and / or Lang) and Maths, with a B grade or above in the four AS subjects you wish to study (or closest equivalent)

We acknowledge that excellence in the performing and creative arts is not solely measured by academic results, and that practical experience of performing is also relevant. Accordingly, candidates for Dance, Drama, Music, Art or Product Design who feel they may not fully meet the academic requirements but have extensive practical experience may still apply.


The course is 100% externally assessed, and consists of one written paper and two non-examined assessment components (1 and 2). Students must submit their non-examined assessment (NEA) and complete the exam in May/June in the year of certification.

Future opportunities

Possible careers in music include performing, composing and arranging, education and music therapy, music administration and management, music production and the wider creative industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kensington Aldridge Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2016
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