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Music - AS and A Levels at Coleg Sir Gar

Course description

  • There is a full programme of peripatetic tuition from a dedicated team of excellent staff, with access when appropriate to all county, six county and national ensembles.
  • There is a split site for tuition to ensure pupils have access to all aspects of music education (Graig Campus and Glan y Mor Comprehensive).

Course content

The course provides a coherent satisfying and worthwhile course of study broadening and intensifying candidates musical experiences regardless of whether they wish to progress to study further in the subject or not.  Candidates will be provided with opportunities to develop their aural perception skills and their appreciation of and participation in music.

Candidates will need to perform showing that they can interpret musical ideas with technical and expressive control and a sense of style.  Also to create and develop musical ideas with technical control and expressive understanding making creative use of musical devices and conventions.  Candidates will have to demonstrate an understanding of and comment perceptively on, the structural, expressive and contextual aspects of music.

Entry requirements

Normally students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A* - C, one of which must be either GCSE Mathematics or English Language and Music. Students who have not taken GCSE music but have a high level of ability in related subjects could possibly be considered. Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the Curriculum area.

Candidates should be able to perform to approximately Grade V standard. Ideally they should have GCSE Music Grade B and above.


AS Level:

  • Performance externally examined by a visiting examiner - 30%
  • Composition portfolio internally marked and externally moderated - 30%
  • Aural perception examination of seen and unseen music - 40%

A level :

  • This follows a similar pattern but candidates opt to add extra weighting to one of the three units of their choice.

Future opportunities

A Levels provide an excellent basis for progression to higher level qualifications such as Degrees or Higher National Diplomas. The Music specialist may become an academic, performer, Arts administrator, teacher, librarian or therapist. In addition, the study of music is also valuable in gaining entry to broadcasting, any kind of creative post and a wide variety of management posts in business and commerce as musicians are clearly able to work in teams successfully.

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: 20 May 2014
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