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Music AS & A Level at Bebington High Sports College

Course description

A course in Music involves students developing performing skills (solo and/or ensemble) on their chosen instrument, compose music and learn about harmony.

Course content

AS (one year) :

  • Unit 1: Performing music - assessed internally 5 - 6 minutes as a soloist and/or part of an ensemble -any instrument/any voice.
  • Unit 2: Composing - assessed externally Create a 3 minute composition and write a CD programme note describing aspects of the composition and the influences of other music on it.
  • Unit 3: Developing musical understanding - assessed externally Listening to familiar music and understanding how it works.
    Section A - Listening – extracts of music played and answer questions about features heard.
    Section B - Investigating Musical Styles
    Section C - Understanding Chords and Lines – completion of a short score for SATB.

A2 (one year)

  • Unit 4: Extended performance - assessed internally w12 - 15 minutes of a balanced programme of music as a soloist and/or as part of an ensemble.
  • Unit 5: Composition and technical study - assessed externally Section 1 - Composition - Create a 3 min composition in response to a choice of briefs provided by the exam board. Section 2 - Technical Study - Builds on the knowledge and awareness of harmony gained in Unit 3 section C through the medium of pastiche studies.
  • Unit 6: Further musical understanding - assessed externally Listening to music, both familiar and unfamiliar, and understanding how it works. Set works from the anthology provide the focus for much of this unit. Section A - Aural analysis Section B - Music in Context Section C - Continuity and change in instrumental music.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Music is essential. Students should be aware that performing skills need to be at the standard of Grade 5 for AS level, and Grade 6 for A2 at the time of assessment.


Unit 1 & 4 are each assessed internally by school, Unit 2, 3 5 & 6 are assessed externally.

Future opportunities

Music allow progression to a variety of general university courses, as well as University courses in Music, Musical theatre, Music production, Music technology.

Music is rapidly developing and has a major influence on society. Students need to be creative and imaginative, able to work independently, to think analytically and to write in an advanced academic style. A Music tour of New York City and rehearsal weekends in Wales are destinations planned for the future.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bebington High Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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