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A Level Music at Ashton Sixth Form College

Course description

You will study a wide range of music but will focus specifically on set works ('Haydn's London Symphony' and Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony) and set topics (Musical Theatre 1940-1980 and Jazz and Blues 1910 - 1950). The set works and topics selected for study ensure that students gain a good knowledge of a variety of styles.

You will learn techniques that composers use to write music and develop these into your own compositions. You will participate in a range of activities including live performance of solo and ensemble repertoire.

Course content

Influences on music

You will develop an understanding of: the organisation of sounds (form, harmony, instrumentation and timbre, melody, rhythm and metre, texture and tonality), the context of music (composer, performer and audience, occasion, time and place), musical styles and genres.

Creating musical ideas

You will demonstrate your ability to create and develop musical ideas with technical control and expressive understanding, making creative use of musical devices, conventions and resources.

Interpreting musical ideas

Within this unit you will prepare two performances that should last 5–8 minutes each. This unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated. For each performance, you may submit a single piece or a programme of shorter pieces.

Entry requirements

Minimum 5 GCSE grades A*-C

Grade C - GCSE English Language

GCSE/BTEC Music or Grade 5 Theory



35% Exam 65% Course Work

Future opportunities

Music students progress onto a wide variety of degrees and careers. Last year 70% of students moved on to Higher Education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2015
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