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Music at Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form

Course description

The study of A Level Music has a very positive impact. The disciplines, methodical approach and work ethic of a musician are of great value in the modern workplace. When considering the importance of being able to cope with the demands of an ever changing world, musicians typically display resilience, flexibility, self-motivation and highly developed communication skills. Many of the students that choose to study demanding academic courses at University, such as medicine, are also musicians.

Course content

A level Music extends the GCSE skills of performing, composing, and listening and appraising through the study of a wide range of musical repertoire and approaches including music by Mozart, Debussy, the Beatles and Danny Elfman.


The listening aspect of the course is assessed through a written exam at the end of the two year course with questions presented on eighteen set works alongside knowledge of wider repertoire and context in the following areas of study: vocal music, instrumental music, film music, popular music and jazz, new directions and fusions. Knowledge of these set works will be built through analysis of the score and recordings, critical analysis of context and drawing links and comparisons to other related works in the repertoire.


Performance requires a live performance recital in the second year of study and focuses on interpretation as well as accuracy and technique. There will be a mock recital  performance in a dedicated concert in the first year and a full recital in second year. This is recorded and externally moderated.


Compositional techniques at A level are developed towards producing a composition and completing two technical Bach Chorale exercises. Over the course of the two years students  will build the skills and understanding required for completing the technical exercises with historic and harmonic style and accuracy and compose with technical accuracy and fluency.


Entry requirements

A GCSE average of 5, including a 5 in GCSE Music If no GCSE a Grade 5 Theory and agreement from Music Department


Performance: 40%, Composing: 30%, Listening Paper: 30%

Future opportunities

Professional musician, teacher, conductor and someone with a life-long love of music

Further information

There will be many opportunities throughout the year for music students to present performances at public events. We offer an extensive extra-curricular programme and there are many concerts throughout the year. We expect all music students to take part in at least one vocal and one instrumental ensemble.

Course Leader:

Mr Simon Gower

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years