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Music at The Burgate School and Sixth Fom centre

Course description

The linear A Level course consists of three units:

  • Appraising Music (40%)
  • Performance (35%)
  • Composition (25%).

All units are externally assessed by AQA examiners.

The assessment for Appraising Music is based upon Listening, Analysis and contextual understanding.


Course content

An in-depth knowledge of music notation, chords, musical elements, musical contexts and musical language will be developed throughout the course.

Three Areas of Study are explored:

  • The Western Classical Tradition 1650-1910 where Baroque solo concerto, Mozart opera and Romantic piano music are studied;
  • Pop Music comprising study of Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Muse, Beyoncé, Daft Punk and Labrinth
  • Musical Theatre exploring the music of Kurt Weill, Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Jason Robert Brown.

The Performing unit allows for many performance options including performing as an instrumentalist, vocalist, as a soloist, within an ensemble, or using Music Technology to produce music through and multi-track recording.

The composition unit requires a portfolio of two compositions; including audio recordings, scores and a composition log. One composition is created in response to a set brief from the exam board and the other is a free composition.

Entry requirements

  • Grade C in GCSE Music.
  • Candidates should maintain the study of at least one instrument, or voice.
  • It is advantageous to study two instruments, particularly so for those candidates intending to take music at degree level.

Future opportunities

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to study Music or Performing Arts at university and/or pursue a career in Music or the Arts. It is also helpful in any course or career requiring group work or performance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Burgate School and Sixth Fom centre directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2016

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