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Music A Level at Southend High School for Girls

Course description

What will you learn at AS?
UNIT 1: PERFORMING – Students have the opportunity to
perform as a soloist and/or in ensembles. Performances can be
in any style and on any instrument as part of a 5-6 minute
internally assessed performance of a grade 6 standard.
UNIT 2: COMPOSING –This unit encourages students to
develop compositional skills leading to the creation of a
three minute piece. This unit is externally assessed.

will listen to set pieces and need to understand how they
work and be able to identify musical features and understand
their social and historical context, as well as completing a
short passage for SATB in the style of J. S. Bach.

What will you learn at A2?

UNIT 4: EXTENDED PERFORMANCE – Students will develop
their performance skills to produce a 12 - 15 minute assessed
performance at grade 7 standard.

Students have the choice between: - two compositions,
one composition and one technical study, or two technical

further develops listening skills through listening to both
familiar and unfamiliar pieces of music, identifying musical
characteristics from different set works aurally.

Entry requirements

Grade B or higher in GCSE Music


UNIT 1 = Coursework, Internally assessed, externally
moderated, 30% of AS, 15% of A2.

UNIT 2 = Coursework, Externally assessed, 30% of AS, 15%
of A2.

UNIT 3 = Examination, Externally assessed, 40% of AS,
20% of A2.
UNIT 5 = Coursework, Externally assessed, 30% of A2, 15%
of A2.

UNIT 6 = Examination, Externally assessed, 40% of A2,
20% of A2.


Future opportunities

This qualification is an excellent foundation for students
wishing to study Music at University or Conservatoire;
it should not be considered equal to a Grade 8 practical
or Theory qualification, although these are excellent
supplementary qualifications.
Music A level is a good footing for anyone wishing to study
classical or popular Music, Music Technology, Composition,
Performance or Music Therapy at Degree level. For those
not wishing to study Music at University, the qualification
is well regarded as an academic A level by Russell Group
Universities and demonstrates creative and analytical skills
which are sought after by University admissions tutors.
Students studying A’ level Music are offered 30 minutes free
instrumental tuition per week on an instrument of their choice.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southend High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years