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Music A Level at Blenheim High School

Course description

Component 1 : Performance

Students must perform for a minimum of 10 minutes. It can be either a solo or ensemble performance. The performance is recorded and marked externally.

Component 2: Composition

Students are required to compose 2 pieces. One of the compositions can either be a free choice composition or it can be linked to one of the areas of study. It must last at least 4 minutes in duration. The other composition is completed from a set brief and must last at least 1 minute in duration. Students will use music software on the iMac computers and the final compositions will be marked externally.

Component 3: Appraising music

This is an exam paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music. Students will have to study set works from the following Areas of Study:

Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions, New Directions.

The exam requires students to answer listening questions and write an essay relating to these specific set works. Students will also learn about the genres of music that the set works come from. They will listen to some unfamiliar music and write an essay relating their set works to the music that they have heard.


Component 1: Performance (30%)

Component 2: Composition (30%)

Component 3: Appraising music (40%) 

Future opportunities

Music and Music Technology are both studied at university and the A level course is excellent preparation for either of these courses.

With an A level in Music you can also make many career choices outside of Music; Law, Accountancy, Management Consultancy, Teaching, the Civil Service, PR, Journalism and the Media often look favorably on Musicians because they will have developed many skills such as numeracy, literacy and listening. They are able to analyse material quickly and intelligently. 

Further information

Students have the opportunity to participate in concerts and also attend trips to theatres and concert halls. Many of our sixth formers become Music Ambassadors which means they develop their musical skills by helping in Music lessons throughout the school. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years