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Music - A level at Turton High School & Sixth Form College

Course description

A level music is one of the most multi-disciplinary courses you can take, encompassing technical analysis, creative composition work and practical performance. This makes it one of the most enjoyable and varied courses on offer for musicians who have a keen interest in expanding their understanding of how music is constructed, created and presented. The course covers a multitude of genres and styles and there is certainly lots of space for students to explore areas of particular personal  interest. Success in this course is indicative of a student who is artistically creative and confident while also possessing the ability to demonstrate analytical skills in both written and often quite mathematical formats. 

We study the AQA syllabus where musical analysis / set works are worth 40%, performance 35% and composition 25%.

Entry requirements

At least a grade B in GCSE Music.  Also, grade 4/5 standard on instrument or voice and at least grade 2/3 standard in ABRSM music theory.


Unit 1 - 2.5 hour written / listening exam (end of course)

Unit 2 - 10 minutes of performance (submission by recording)

Unit 3 - 5 minutes of composition (coursework)

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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: 06 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details


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    • Turton Sixth Form is located on Chapeltown Road, Bromley Cross.  The college is across the road from Bromley Cross train station, and is on a direct line 8 minutes from Bolton.  Buses from Bradshaw, Sharples, Smithills, Edgworth, Belmont and Astley Bridge regularly run past the school.