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Music AS Level at Nelson Thomlinson School

Course description

Course Content

• Listening, analysis and contextual understanding: Students study two areas of study.  The Western Classical Tradition including set works is compulsory. The other area   can be chosen from pop, media, musical theatre, jazz, contemporary traditional or art  music since 1910.

• Performing Music: A total of six minutes either solo and/or ensemble.

• Composing Music: students will need to write two compositions, one in response to a  given brief, the other a ‘free’ composition.

Entry requirements

At least a Grade C in GCSE Music.

Students who have not studied Music at GCSE should have Grade 5 Theory and Grade 5 Practical on one instrument.

Student Attributes

  • A good standard on at least one instrument.
  • The ability to read music (standard notation).
  • Research and analytical skills.
  • Creative and imaginative.
  • Open to exploring a range of musical styles.
  • Willingness to participate in extra-curricular activities.


Component 1: 40% – Exam Paper (2 hours).

Component 2: 30% – Performance: Externally Assessed.

Component 3: 30% – Composition: Externally Assessed.

Future opportunities

Students can go on to study Music at degree level with a wide range of courses on offer including BA, BMus and a variety of Music Technology courses. Courses and careers are also available in the Entertainment and Music Media Industries (TV, radio and print); Business and Management aspects of the industry, Education, Music Therapy and Sound/Studio Engineering. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2016
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