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Music A Level at Chipping Sodbury School

Course description

The course will enable you to further explore the key areas of music through the study of harmony and composition, performance, and the history of music through set works. This will give you an in-depth knowledge of the development and construction of music whilst also allowing you to work to your areas of strength in both composition and performance. This course will be taught through a mixture of techniques such as practical listening exercises and performance opportunities. Analysis work will involve working with written notes and looking at musical scores and harmony exercises, whilst practising the techniques learned in class.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Performing Music 30% - Solo performance lasting approximately 8+minutes, grade 6 standard or above.
  • Unit 2: Composing Music 30% -2 compositions from a brief and one area of study.
  • Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding 40% - 2 hour examination:
  1. Section A: Listening
  2. Section B: Investigating musical styles
  3. Section C: Understanding chords and lines.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For A Levels this should include both English and Maths. Plus C in GCSE Music.


  • Unit 1 Performing: Recital
  • Unit 2 Composition: 2 complete pieces
  • Unit 3 Appraising: Examination in May/June of the second year

Future opportunities

Music is a highly regarded choice as an A-level course for all university degrees. As a progression route in itself, Music can lead onto further studies such as a performer, composer, musical director, arts management, education, business and media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chipping Sodbury School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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