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A-Level Music at Winstanley College

Course description

Course Content
Externally assessed written exam (40%)
Externally assessed recorded performance of 10-12 mins (35%)
Externally assessed coursework (25%)

Appraising Music
You will focus on listening, analysis and contextual understanding, analysing music from the Western Classical Tradition and Jazz traditions.

You will be performing as a soloist or a member of an ensemble with an instrument, your voice or through music technology (production). This will build your performance skills in readiness for the examination in the second year.

You will explore different compositional techniques and harmonic understanding, though stylistic exercises, analysis and listening.

Why should I study Music at Winstanley College?
When you enrol we’ll make sure that you’re receiving all the support you need, for example you may be entitled to extra time in your exams, you may benefit from working with a learning support mentor tutor or you may simply need help with organising your time and many pieces of paper. We will also provide support with specific areas that you have problems with, for example aural skills, theory skills or performing confidence.   If you are keen to continue with Music to University or Conservatoire you will receive help with choosing which institution and which course is right for you. We’ll support your development of directing skills, guide you to further reading or viewing, challenge you with additional exercises and inspire you with activities and trips.  Ex-Winstanley students who have studied this subject at conservatoire or university will visit you to discuss their experiences as a student an as an emerging professional. 

From school pupil to Winstanley student 
Most students have already achieved at least a B grade in this subject at GCSE.
You should have achieved Grade 5 ABRSM equivalent on your instrument and have a Grade 5 ABRSM (or equivalent) theory qualification.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 24 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years