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Music A Level at WQE

Course description

The A-level course consists of three units: Appraising Music (listening, analysis and contextual understanding), Performing and Composing.

Course content

The A-level course consists of three units: Appraising Music (listening, analysis and contextual understanding), Performing and Composing.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard College entry requirements, this course also requires students to have achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE Music and at least Grade 6 standard on an instrument or voice (the expected standard for the final recital is Grade7). Students who have not taken a graded exam will be asked to perform to demonstrate their ability.

If GCSE Music has not been taken, knowledge of music theory to Grade 4 standard is essential (including a working knowledge of standard music notation - see ABRSM syllabus for further details).

All Music students are required to participate in at least one musical enrichment at the College.

Assessment

For the performance units you will give a recital on the instrument of your choice (or voice). It can be solo or ensemble, from a score or improvised.
 
For composition you will create two pieces of music with a combined duration of 6 minutes: one a free-choice composition, and one a briefing assessing techinique, it is submitted as coursework.
 
The Appraising music unit is assessed through an exam in the summer examination period, comprising listening, analysis and extended essay questions.

Future opportunities

Students wishing to continue their study of music can apply for courses at music college or university, according to whether interests in the subject lean towards the practical or the theoretical. Entry to performance courses in the music colleges is extremely competitive but students on the WQE course have a good record of success in obtaining places on these and on university courses. Music is highly regarded by universities as an acadmeic and rigorous A level programme of students wishing to pursue subjects in different fields. Music students from WQE have gone on to study a wide range of subjects at high-ranking universities.

Further information

For further information please visit our website www.wqe.ac.uk or see our prospectus.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Web url: www.wqe.ac.uk

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