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Music AQA A Level 'Fees payable' at Hethersett Old Hall School

Course description

Music A Level offers a logical progression from GCSE and an opportunity to develop your knowledge and musical ability through the study, creation and performance of music from a wide range of styles and genres.

Course content

What and how will I study?
There is a mix of practical and theoretical work.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course, but it would help if you have studied music at GCSE or passed a grade 5 theory examination. You will be expected to play an instrument or sing at grade 5 level or above.


The A Level assessments are:


Appraising music (40% of A Level)

  • Examination paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music testing listening, analysis and contextual understanding.
  • A second set work from the Western Classical tradition is also studied, along with a second topic.


Performance (35% of A Level)

  • Solo and/or ensemble performance as an instrumentalist, or vocalist and/or music production (via technology).
  • A minimum of ten minutes’ performance in total is required (no more than twelve minutes).


Composition (25% of A Level)

  • Composition 1: Composition to a brief
  • Composition 2: Free composition
  • A minimum of four and a half minutes of music in total is required.

Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.  

Future opportunities

This specification provides a sound preparation for the study of music in higher education, as well as providing opportunities to develop strengths and interests leading to music-related and other careers. It enables you to develop a wide range of transferable skills such as critical thinking, research, communication and team-work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hethersett Old Hall School directly.

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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    • Welcome to Hethersett Old Hall School Sixth Form, the part of the school that prepares girls aged 16-18 for their public examinations at  A Level and their future lives at university and beyond.

      The Sixth Form represents an important period of transition: from a broad GCSE curriculum to the narrower A Level one, from school to university and from childhood to adulthood. Our aim is to make these transitions as smooth as possible by equipping girls with the relevant study and life skills to navigate through the changes they will face in a rapidly-changing society.

      In academic terms, our small, single-sex classes play a huge part in this. The staff-pupil relationship is enhanced by a university-style tutor-student relationship and rapport is noticeably strong as a result. Your daughter will be challenged to excel and able to progress at a pace that suits her natural learning style.

      At the start of Year 13, the UCAS university application process begins in earnest. Sixth Form tutors are knowledgeable and experienced in the university application process and will explore career options with your daughter on a one to one basis. Tutors’ detailed knowledge of their tutees means that girls receive meaningful advice on developing a strong personal statement for UCAS applications. Former pupils have been offered places on a diverse range of courses at top universities including medicine at Oxford and scholarships to the London School of Fashion; the main benefit, however, is that every sixth former will be guided in choosing the right courses for her interests and ability.

      In preparation for university and adulthood, your daughter will be able to enjoy a greater sense of independence and responsibility afforded in part by separate Sixth Form facilities. These include a spacious common room and kitchen, a study room, careers library and separate boarding areas. Sixth formers are expected to lead by example and play a role in wider school life, be that mentoring younger pupils or organising charity and house events. In return, our Sixth Form enrichment programme enables them to experience activities ranging from very practical car mechanics workshops to more creative synchronised swimming sessions in the school pool!

      Pupils in our sixth form grow in confidence and maturity over the two years; they leave us with life-long friends and all the necessary qualifications and skills to succeed in life. The happy faces on results day speak volumes about the quality of the sixth form experience at our school.