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Music A Level at Caroline Chisholm School

Course description

In Component 1 students must perform one piece reflecting the musical characteristics of Areas of Study A, B, C or D. Similarly in Component 2 the briefs set by WJEC are linked to Area of Study A. Component 3 includes indepth study of movements from one set work, either Haydn Symphony No. 104 or Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony. Area of Study B considers Pop, Rock, Soul and Funk with Area of Study C studying composers such as Bernstein, Sondheim and Lloyd‐Webber. Area of Study D looks at genres of Jazz from Ragtime through to beBop.
A similar pattern is followed but includes Options A and B for Components 1 and 2 to allow students to specialise. Component 3 includes the complete in‐depth study of either the Haydn or Mendelssohn Symphonies together with two additional set works in either Area of Study E of F, depending on which is chosen.


Entry requirements

GCSE English Language or Literature: Grade 4 is required

Students who have studied Music at GCSE should have achieved Grade B.
Where Music has not been taken at GCSE level, students must play to at least Grade 5 standard. Playing an instrument or singing is essential, preferably one that has been learned over a period of time. Instruments can include traditional examples such as violin and flute as well as more pop based examples such as guitar and drums. A standard of Grade 6 for AS (and above for A2) is a guide for performing levels. Theory
examination qualifications are a very useful asset especially if GCSE was not taken.
Students must be taking peripatetic music lessons, either in or outside of school.


Small group tuition and discussion is the norm. However students will research, listen and be given opportunities to practice. Visits to performances are an important aspect as well. Students are also expected to participate in school musical activities, leading them if the opportunity arises.

Future opportunities

Music degree and performance based courses can be read at University and Music College, though entrance is very competitive for the latter. Careers include performance, teaching and lecturing, composing, editing and researching. Generally Music offers a wide range of skills which are attractive to employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caroline Chisholm School directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2017
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