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Music AS/A-Level at Shire Oak Academy

Course description

In Yr 12: During the AS Music course, students will complete three components: Two components will be non-examined assessments which are externally assessed and the final written exam component will be taken during the summer exam season.

In Y13: The A2 Music course follows the same three components as the AS course, two components being non examined and externally assessed, however the written exam is longer, assessing the topic in more depth this being.

Entry requirements

Prospective AS/A2 Music students must have obtained either GCSE music at grade C or above or grade 5 theory and grade 5 practical in their first instruments.


Year 12: 

  • Performing - 30% - externally assessed
  • Composing - 30% - externally assessed
  • Appraising - 40% - 1hr 30min written exam

Year 13: 

  • Component 3: Appraising - 40% - 2hr written exam

Future opportunities

Music provides an excellent choice of A level for further study in any subject at higher education. Universities see Music A level as a very desirable qualification because it shows an aptitude for independent and long term learning. UCAS also recognise this by giving UCAS points to any music practical or theory grade at grade 6 and higher.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shire Oak Academy directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years