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AS/A2 Music at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle

Course description

This course focuses on all aspects of music including performance, listening and appraising skills, analysis of major works, harmony and composition. You will develop your skills in all these areas, meeting new topics and revisiting familiar topics in greater detail.


The full A level course consist of six units. You complete units 1-3 in the first year and 4-6 in the second year.
Unit 1 and 4- Influences on Music - the study of a symphony, Musical Theatre 1940-1980, 20th Century Choral Work and general listening skills.
Unit 2 and 5 –Creating and Developing Musical Ideas; study and coursework tasks in harmony and composition techniques.
Unit 3 and 6 –Performance. Unit 3 consists of a solo recital and an ensemble. Unit 6 is a solo recital. Standard for Unit 3 is grade 5 or above, for Unit 6 it is grade 7 or above.


All students must have an instrumental tutor in order to prepare thoroughly for the performance recitals. It is strongly recommended that you have grade 5 theory because the analytical and harmony work requires a high level of understanding and fluent reading of staff notation in all clefs. This is a wide range of extracurricular activities on offer and students are expected to take advantage of these opportunities.

Entry requirements

In order to study AS level Music you should have taken GCSE Music and obtained at least a grade B. If you have not taken GCSE Music you must be able to prove your ability equivalent to grade 5 theory.

Future opportunities


Music can be studied in Higher Education either at a music college or university. Staff are happy to give advice on which to choose as courses in the UK range vastly, focusing on many different aspects of music, such as performance, technology and analysis. Our careers board in the music department is a useful starting point.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years