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Music AS/A2 Level 3 at Highsted at Highsted Grammar School

Course description

Students will develop performance skills (solo and/or ensemble), compose music and learn about harmony (the basics at AS and stylistic studies at A2). They will build up their aural and analytical skills by studying selections from the ‘New Anthology of Music’ (edited by J. Winterson, Peters, 2000) and wider listening.

The full GCE course (AS plus A2) is excellent preparation for higher education courses in music, but is equally valuable for non-specialists as a second or third area of study. The AS units alone can offer a broad and satisfying experience for those who want to conclude their musical studies at this point.

Unit 4 - Extended Performance (internally assessed). Unit 5 - Composition & Technical Study (externally assessed). Unit 6 - Further Musical Understanding (exam).

Entry requirements

To be able to play an instrument or sing to at least grade 5 standard or equivalent.

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. 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. 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. The GCE Music A level course gives students a strong foundation for higher education and a career composing or performing music or to work in the music industry for TV, radio or film companies

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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