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Music A Level at St Joseph's College

Course description

A Level Music is a perfect subject for musicians who want to extend and develop their understanding of how music works through performing, composing and appraising. It compliments other science and humanities subjects and has the potential to provide a wider range of options for a variety of university and career paths.

The A Level Music course is designed to broaden your musicianship and your appreciation of music.


Course content

Performance: You must perform for a minimum of six minutes at AS and eight minutes at A level. You must perform a minimum of one piece of music. You can play as a soloist and/or part of an ensemble. Performances must be completed between 1 March and submission (15 May) in the year you complete the qualification.

Composition: You must compose at least two pieces in response to a brief set by Edexcel, and/or freely as you choose. The minimum total composition time (i.e. both pieces combined) is 4½ minutes at AS level and 6 minutes at A level. Compositions are externally assessed by Edexcel.

Appraising: You are required to study a minimum of two Areas of Study at AS and three Areas of Study at A level.


Entry requirements

  • 5+ in GCSE Music
  • Pass in ABRSM Grade V Theory or equivalent.


  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Appraising - One written paper of 90 minutes (80 marks). Section A is areas of study and dictation. There are three questions related to the set works. An audio and a skeleton score are provided. There is also one short melody/rhythm completion exercise. Section B is the extended response with two essay questions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's College directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years