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Music at Charnwood College

Course description

Why should you consider taking this course?

If you love music and you can already play (and read) music, then Music A-Level can help you develop your skills further. You will develop your performance and compositional skills; build up your self-confidence and study many interesting compositions from different cultures and periods.

Course content

What is covered at AS?

You will need to perform a recital of one or more pieces, with a total performance time of six minutes. You will complete a total of two compositions, one to a brief set by Pearson and one either free composition or also to a brief.

Appraising – application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with two set works i.e. Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film,
Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions, New Directions.

What is covered at A2?


In A2 you will focus on extended performance skills. There will also be a composition and technical study paper in which you will be required to compose two pieces.

You will study works from six areas of study, each with three set works i.e. Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions, New Directions.

Entry requirements

Preferably GCSE music at grade C or above. If you do not have music, you should have music theory skills at grade 5 or above and be able to play an instrument or sing up to grade 5 level.

Future opportunities

What careers could this course help prepare you for?

Teaching, Performance, Composing, Music Therapy. Any careers where teamwork and creativity is needed.

Further information

For further information contact: Mr Morfill

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Charnwood College directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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