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Music A Level at Archway School

Course description

In each year the course revolves  around the key skills of Listening & Appraising, Composing and Performing.

At AS level, the focus is on Tonality – the language of Western Tonal Harmony – and the Expressive use of Instrumental Techniques. Works studied are taken from C18th and early C19th Orchestral music and from Jazz (1920-1960).

At A2, the focus on Tonality is extended to more complex harmony and tonal processes and the other main area of study is Interpretation, both as a performer, as a composer and as a critical listener. There is a choice of topics to study.


Course content


Unit 1: Performing Music 1

Unit 2: Composing 1

Unit 3: Introduction to Historical study in Music


Unit 1: Performing Music 2 - Interpretation

Unit 2: Composing 2

Unit 3: HIstorical and Analytical studies in Music

Entry requirements

GCSE Music grade C or above or Grade 5 on instrument or voice or Grade 5 Theory of Music or

Excellent practical and/or composing skills


  • a practical Recital
  • a portfolio of harmony work together with one composition
  • a written Listening paper
  • all at the end of each year

Financial information

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is made available from the Government – to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. Further information regarding eligibility and application forms are available from the sixth form.

Future opportunities

  • University, Conservatoire or Music College
  • Work as a performer, composer or teacher
  • Ancillary work such as music librarian, orchestral manager
  • Music Technology

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 August 2016
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