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Music (OCR) at The Duke of York's Royal Military School

Course description

The course is designed to extend the GCSE skills of Performing, Composing and Appraising in ways that emphasise their interdependence. The widest possible range of music, including folk, popular and classical traditions of non- Western origin as well as those of jazz and Western classical and popular traditions, is studied.

Course content

AS - The course begins with the study of Western Tonal Harmony, focussing on standard chord progressions. Prescribed works are studied alongside a broad range of music from 1600 to the present day, preparing candidates for the completion of composition tasks and a recital on their chosen instrument. A2 - The understanding of Western Tonal Harmony is developed by exploring more complex chords, tonal relationships and also non-tonal techniques of composition. Each A2 unit builds directly on the equivalent unit studied at AS and the skills of Performance, Composition and Appraising are developed to the highest possible level.

Entry requirements

GCSE Music Grade B and Grade 5 on any instrument


Unique to this specification performing is assessed by a visiting examiner at both AS and A2 levels. The candidate’s involvement in all aspects of their performance is assessed through a viva voce at A2. Composing is assessed by a portfolio submission at both AS and A2 levels.

Future opportunities

The course provides excellent grounding for careers in performing, composing, conducting, teaching, music therapy and arts administration. Careers as performers are available in each of the Armed Services, which may eventually lead to the posts of Bandmaster or Director of Music. Each service has difference entry requirements.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 18 January 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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    • The Duke of York's Royal Military School is based on a beautiful 150-acre site on the outskirts of Dover, Kent.

      With the white cliffs of Dover on our doorstep and on a clear day France can be seen, we offer a state boarding facility with a military ethos.  The school has it's own colours, which were presented by our patron HRH The Duke of Kent.

      With 500 students on roll we can offer a co-educational education to students from YR7 to YR13. We have a dedicated Sixth Form Centre, Centenary House which is the stepping stone from home/school to either University or into the workplace. The school has a set of values:courage, integrity, respect, commitment, loyalty and self-discipline.

      These values are important in every day life as well as life in the classroom.

      As a state boarding school KCC will cover the costs of education and parents are asked to pay for the cost of boarding.

      We welcome applications from military and non-military families with our current on roll students split 50/50 from military and non-military families.

      Our Whole School Open Morning is on Saturday 10th March 09:00 to 12:30.

      To reserve a place please complete the online form via our website: