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Music Edexcel AS and A Level at Larkmead School

Course description

This subject is still a legacy A level. This means that the result of the AS exams contributes 50% to the overall A level marks, the second 50% coming from exams at the end of year 13 on the A2 modules.

Course content


Performing, Composing, Developing Musical Understanding


Extended Performance, Composition and Technical Study, Further Musical Understanding 


How you will learn (investigations, course work etc.):
  • Performance through instrumental lessons and mentoring.
  • Composition through teaching, guidance, practice, analysing other music and monitored coursework.
  • Musical understanding though listening, investigation, research, analysis of set works and discussion.


Skills you will need:

  • Ability to perform on an instrument or sing
  • Ability to read music in treble and bass clef
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good organisational skills and flexible approach to learning
  • At least Grade 5 on an instrument or voice
  • A willingness to attend a number of evening concerts through the year


Entry requirements

To study AS/A Levels you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above.


  • Performance – final concert (internally assessed and externally moderated)
  • Composing – coursework (externally assessed)
  • Musical Understanding – final exam (externally assessed

Future opportunities

Music A-level course could take you on to further study in Music and the Performing Arts at any university and then take your career in Music and the Arts further. Music A-level also proves that you are a confident outgoing person, able to meet deadlines and work independently and will prepare you for any job or course other than Music. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information


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    • Larkmead School is part of the Abingdon 14-19 consortium. As we are part of a consortium, students have the opportunity to select a range of A-level subjects spread across the three Abingdon secondary schools. Each subject is taught by experienced staff with excellent results.


      In addition to academic study, Larkmead sixth form students engage in a Personal development curriculum as well as sessions based on study skills, culture and careers advice. Every student is offered individual advice and guidance about the next phase of their education whether that be university, apprenticeships or paid employment.


      During study periods, students are expected to study in either the designated sixth form area in the Learning Resource Centre or allocated study rooms. Between lessons, students can relax in the sixth-form common room which boasts a range of facilities.


      There is a well-structured enrolment and induction process for students wishing to join the sixth form, starting with a Consortium 16-19 Information Evening as well as a meeting for prospective students in November, followed by a meeting for prospective parents in March, and an induction day in the summer after the GCSE exams are finished. Once students have received their exam results in August, there are a number of enrolment clinic sessions to help students choose their courses and followed by a brief induction period before lessons commence.