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Music A Level at Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

Music at A-level allows you to perform and compose at a higher level than at GCSE, it allows you to explore musical history in greater depth and you will be able to spend much of your time in the Sixth Form studying an instrument that you are passionate about. You will be required to perform at least one musical piece lasting at least 8 minutes. There are two compositions – composition one follows a clear brief plus a free composition, together these must last a minimum of 6 minutes. The Appraising Exam consists of studying and analysing 18 set works. These requirements follow the same format in both AS and A2. Students can join CTK Band, Glee and the Faith Choir to enhance their musicianship skills.

Entry requirements

Students must be able to play an instrument/voice to Grade 5 standard. They need to be motivated, organised, dedicated and creative. Individual private lessons will allow students to progress steadily in both performance and composition. A passion for music is vital in this subject as it is the backbone to achieve a good grade.


The assessments are both coursework and exam based. The solo and/or ensemble pieces (minimum total of 8 minutes) have to be performed to an audience and recorded. The two composition pieces (minimum total of 6 minutes), plus a score are also required to be recorded in order to be assessed. The Appraising Exam consists of a 2 hours exam. Section A – questions related to the set works and one short melody/rhythm completion exercise. Section B – two essay questions linked to the set works and an unfamiliar extract.

Performance – 30% – externally assessed

Composition – 30% – externally assessed

Appraising Exam – 40% – exam

Future opportunities

The music industry is thriving, and the skills you learn in A-level Music could help you join this industry as a performer, composer, teacher or producer; as well as many other industries not directly linked to music. If you are interested in other Arts subjects it goes hand in hand with a creative future. Being able to perform at this standard shows employers that you have persevered at developing a skill over a long term, a good characteristic to possess in the world of work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 March 2017

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