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Music A level at Balcarras School

Course description

This course develops skills in listening and analysing music, creating an individual compositional style and learning techniques used by others as well as performing both as a soloist and in ensembles. This course naturally extends the skills and knowledge learned at GCSE and will challenge your understanding of harmony, history and tonality as well as what capabilities you have as a performer. Music technology plays an important role in A-level and AS music in both composition and learning about composition techniques.

Entry requirements

Vital to the successful study of music at advanced level is the right aptitude and attitude. Students should have a real enthusiasm for learning about all kinds of music.

Candidates must have achieved a B grade or above at GCSE and have theoretical and performance skills of Grade 5 or above. Students are expected to have lessons on their specialist instrument.


Examination Board – Edexcel


Component 1: Performing, 60 marks - 30% of AS

Component 2: Composing 2 pieces - 30 marks each -30% of AS

Component 3: Appraising, 80 marks, 1hr 30 - 40% of AS


Component 1: Performing, 60 marks - 30% of A-level

Component 2: Composing 2 pieces, 40 marks and 20 marks - 30% of A-level

Component 3: Appraising, 100 marks 2hrs - 40% of A-level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years