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Music AS A2 at Thomas Becket Catholic School

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 Ø     Background It is a major step up from GCSE music and will require a very strong theoretical knowledge of music and performance to at least Grade 4 standard but Grade 6 preferably. Listening follows a similar structure to GCSE music and is often based around the Areas of Study. The Areas of Study form parts of a large Anthology of music and are extremely varied. Ø     The student It is advisable that students of Music are academically strong, with a background of classical or jazz performance skills and broad academic compositional experience.

Entry requirements

GCSE Music at Grade C or above.   A natural love of music would prove beneficial.


To get a certificate for Advanced Subsidiary (AS), you will need to have studied and been assessed on 3 AS units.  To get a certificate for Advanced GCE, you will need to have studied and been assessed on the 3 AS units, plus 3 further units, known as A2 units, making a total of 6 units.  The AS units of work you will study are as follows: Unit One         PerformingPerform during the course on four occasions that must include the performance of one of your own compositions.Perform one or more solo pieces lasting 5 to 6 minutes Unit Two         Developing musical ideas ( composing )Produce a portfolio of composition techniques exercises,one composition both written and recorded. There is an expectation of a professional standard of work and arrangement Unit Three      Listening and understanding45 minutes listening paper similar to GCSE paper but with a greater theory.Respond to structured questions based around a choice of two Areas of Study from twelve. ( 1½ hours ) The A2 units of work you will study are as follows: Unit Four        Specialist optionsComposition portfolio. Demonstrate a depth of knowledge and skillOrRecital                                      20 minutes to at least Grade 6 standard Unit Five         Performing and composingCompositional techniques examination develops one of the AS techniques in a formal 3 hour examination Unit Six           Analysing MusicComplete a listening test in 45 minutes, similar to the AS paper with again more theory.Answer 5 questions based on the extended Area of Study and the new Area of Study in 2 hours.

Future opportunities

Musicians, producer, composer, conductor, manager, teacher, entertainer, etc Good musicians will never be out of work or unwanted, there is always someone prepared to listen.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Becket Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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