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Music AS & A Level at Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Component 1 - Performing worth 30% (controlled assessment)
The total performance time is of 6 minutes for AS and 8 minutes of A level and can be solo and/or ensemble. The performances and can be recorded at any point throughout the course and frequent performances will be undertaken in preparation for the recorded assessments. The recordings are marked externally and 60 marks are available in this section.

Component 2 - Composing worth 30% (controlled assessment)
Two compositions have to be recorded and submitted to an external examiner. One composition is a free choice brief – minimum length 2 minutes for AS and 4 minutes for A2. The other composition for AS is set by a brief and must be a minimum of 2 minutes in duration whilst for A level a brief assessing composition technique is required with a minimum duration of 1 minute. Together the total minimum should be no less than 4 minutes for AS and 6 minutes for A level. The weighting for both AS and A level is 40 marks and 20 marks respectively.

Component 3 Appraising 40% (Exam)
Appraising is worth 40% and content has been given in terms of musical elements, musical contexts and musical language. Students must study at least two Areas of Study at AS and at least three Areas of Study at A level, one based in Western Classical Music (WCM) composed between 1650 and 1910, and one that is not based in WCM. There are 6 Areas of Study to choose from with 3 set works in each, they are:

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

Specific pieces from each area are studied and the exam focuses on the pieces studied. A 2 hour written exam with analysis questions from these set works is undertaken and is worth 100. The format is the same for both AS and A2 although different works are studied.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above is studied GCSE Music or Grade 5.

Future opportunities

Students that have studied A level Music have often gone on to study for University degrees in Music, Music technology, Music education, Popular Music or creative/ performing Arts courses. It is possible to study for an AS only in Music alongside 3 other A Levels studied.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2016

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