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MUSIC A Level 3 at Dover Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Students will develop performance skills (solo and ensemble), compose music and learn about harmony. They will build up their aural and analytical skills by studying set works from the six areas of study and wider listening. Areas of study cover Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions, and New Directions. Performance opportunities are offered both in and out of school and students are expected to be role models for younger students by taking an active part in the music of the school.


Component 1: Performing (30%)

Component 2: Composing (30%)

Component 3: Appraising (40%)


Course content


Component 1: Performing (30%)

Component 2: Composing (30%)

Component 3: Appraising  (40%)

Entry requirements

  • The minimum requirement is three 6 and three others at a 5
  • At least a grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics
  • You will require a grade 6 or above in most subjects you wish to study at A Level
  • To study Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages or a Science subject you will require a 7 or above
  • To study Economics a grade 7 or above in Mathematics is required and a grade 6 or above in Business or a related subject
  • Students may be able to study a Science subject with a 6 but their 4th option choice must be STEM Access forming part of your Personal Enrichment Pathway
  • For Further Mathematics you will need an 8 or 9 and this will be your 4th A Level subject
  • Photography will also be offered as a 4th A Level option
  • Short courses count as half a GCSE
  • You will need a positive attitude in your chosen subjects and a respect for the school aims, objectives and ethos
  • Commitment to the expectations of the Sixth Form and your school community


Music benefits greatly from being taught in small groups and as a result enormous progress is made and students gain in confidence. There is total involvement by students who relish the opportunity of so much individual attention to support their studies. The course is structured to suit the interests and strengths of the group. Teaching methods vary from class teaching, individual work under supportive supervision and independent work. Most work is discussed individually as the number of students involved permits this. The contribution of private music teachers for the performance element is invaluable. Learning also continues outside lessons through students’ commitment to musical activities both in and out of school.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education in 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. The course is designed to provide you with access to a range of music related employment and will also develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of other industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or 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: 21 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years