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Music AS at Hayes School

Course description

AS/A2 Music builds on the skills developed in GCSE Music: performing, composing, and listening. Fluent reading and writing of conventional musical notation is essential. For AS performances students will need to play or sing pieces of at least a Grade 5 difficulty. Course content Students study extracts of music from two Areas of Study, looking into their style, structure, compositional techniques and historical background. At least one of the Areas of Study will be from the Western classical tradition. They will learn to identify musical characteristics from a wide range of styles both through listening and by studying musical scores. Compositional techniques such harmonising a melody will be studied, alongside the development of students’ own creative compositional skills. Solo and ensemble performance is required throughout the course. Exam: 70% (40% performing, 30% listening and analysis) Coursework: 30% Dates: Coursework to be completed by the Easter of Year 12. Exams: May/June of Year 12.

Entry requirements

4 GCSE B grades, including B in this subject

Future opportunities

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 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. 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 us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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      Exit M25 at Junction 4 (signposted A21 Bromley & Orpington)
      Continue on A21 towards Bromley. Turn left onto A232 towards Hayes and Croydon. Turn right into West Common Road the main school entrance is on West Common Road.


      Parking on site is limited and allocated to staff.
      Visitor bays are available at the entrance to the school

      BY RAIL

      We are located just up the hill from Hayes (Kent) Station (Connections from Lewisham or direct from Charing Cross). After exiting the station, walk right on Station Hill past the New Cross Inn, then walk up Ridge Way until you reach West Common Road. Turn right and walk along until you reach the school on your left.

      BY BUS

      The following buses serve the local area:

      146 Downe - Keston - Hayes - Bromley

      119 Bromley - Hayes - West Wickham - Shirley - Croydon - Croydon Airport

      138 Bromley - Coney Hall

      353 Ramdsen Estate - Hayes -Addington Village

      314 New Addington - Hayes - Bromley - Elmstead Woods - New Eltham - Eltham