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Music AS & A Level at Caterham High School

Course description

This is an academic course which is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired from the GCSE music qualification. You will develop skills through the three main strands of A Level music:

  • PERFORMANCE (30%):
    You will present a small concert consisting of a minimum of three pieces (Duration: 10–12 minutes). At least one of these pieces must be as a soloist. The other pieces may be either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble.
  • LISTENING/APPRAISING (40%):
    You will study a wide range of music, listening and appraising pieces from different genres and eras. You will develop your understanding of music from the classical era, the jazz world, world music and C20th music. This involves reading orchestral scores and developing a highly discerning ear so that you can appraise music in detail.
  • COMPOSING (30%):
    You will compose two compositions. One of these compositions is in response to a set brief. The second composition is a free composition in any style you choose. You will be expected to work on your compositions both in lessons and during your free time.

Entry requirements

7 GCSE’s at grade A*–C including Maths and English grade C/grade 4 with at least a grade C in Music. Students should also have passed Grade 4 (ABRSM) or equivalent in their chosen instrument or achieved at least a B grade in performance

Future opportunities

Careers in performing, teaching, composing, music therapy, management and the recording industry.

Degrees in music, performing arts, music technology.

Any careers involving public speaking, as music greatly develops your ability to perform and present yourself.

When seeking employment or a place at university students are finding that a breadth of interest and a diversity of skills are becoming more effective than a narrow specialisation in determining the success of their applications.

A high grade in A Level music, therefore – showing evidence of academic study, self-discipline, creative self-expression, an awareness of cultural heritage and an enhanced listening capability – is a much respected and sought-after qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caterham High School directly.

Last updated date: 03 January 2017
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