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Music AS/A Level 3 at Astor College

Course description

This is a two year course.

Students raise their skill level in performance and give a
recital to an external examiner at the end of the year.
During the course they gain experience by performing in
various concerts and workshops. They develop their
composition skills and write music in a variety of styles and
genres. Students study and analyse music from a wide
range of historical perspectives including the 20th century.
A Level Music is an exciting and rewarding course and gives
students a firm basis and experience for either study at a
higher level or as an understanding torward related
subjects.There are many performance opportunities in this
country and abroad, and students are also able to work
with leading performers, composers and conductors in a
variety of workshops and projects aimed at enriching their
musical experiences. Students learn skills for composition
and analysis which give invaluable experience and
confidence for their future careers.

A level or AS level specifications in Music encourage candidates to:
- extend the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to communicate through music and to take
part in music
- engage in and extend their appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, promoting
spriritual and cultural development
- develop particular strengths and interests encouraging lifelong learning and providing access to
music-related and other careers
- recognise the interdependence of musical skills, knowledge and understanding and the links
between the activities of performing/realising, composing and appraising.

AS and A level specifications should also encourage students to broaden experience, develop imagination, foster creativity and promote personal and social development.

The OCR Advanced Subsidiary GCE and Advanced GCE specifications extend the GCSE skills of Performing, Composing and Appraising in ways which emphasise their interdependence. There are increased opportunities for the development of skills and understanding in performing and provision for their appraisal in viva voce discussion with the examiner. There are no limits on the instruments (or voices) and types of repertoire which may be presented in performance and the study of the widest possible range of music, including folk, popular and classical traditions of non-Western origin as well as those of jazz and Western classical and popular traditions, is encouraged.
Both specifications offer scope to develop creativity using music technology and in non-Western traditions, as well as more traditional tonal and non-tonal Western composing skills.

Entry requirements

4 - 5 GCSEs at C or above in different subjects, one of which should be Music

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Music, which could lead onto higher education to study Music related courses or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Music such as a Music Composer, Musician, Sound Technician or you may wish to use your music ability for recreational purposes. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will provide you with the skills, understanding and knowledge to access a music related career or seek employment in lots of other industries.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact  your school/college careers staff.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years