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Music at Elliott Hudson College

Course description

This course will equip students with the fundamental skills required to progress to advanced musicianship. Students will develop their skills as performers and composers, as well as learning how to analyse music from a variety of styles. Music is a multi-faceted subject and involves a variety of contrasting skills ranging from practical music making, to creating and analysing music.

Course content

Component 1 - Appraising Music
The areas of study provide an appropriate focus for students to appraise, develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical contexts and musical language. In this unit students will study ‘Western classical tradition’ and a choice of two other areas from: pop music,music for media, music for theatre, jazz, contemporary traditional music, or art music since 1910. The areas of study can also provide a rich source of material for students to work with when developing performancecomposition skills.
Component 2 - Performance
This unit gives students the opportunity to perform as an instrumentalist and/or singer. Students will be given specialist one-to-one tuition in order to ensure they are fully equipped for this part of the course. There is also an option to perform using music technology.
Component 3 - A Musical Performance
This unit gives students an opportunity to compose their own music in any appropriate style they choose. Students will acquire the necessary skills and techniques to complete two compositions; one to an exam board set brief, and one free composition. Students will also write two 150 word sets of programme notes to accompany their compositions.

Entry requirements

Attain 5 or more standard GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher).

If a student is applying for an A Level course that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would attain at least a standard pass (grade 4) in this subject.

It is desirable that students have a qualification in a musical instrument to at least Grade 5 to study A Level Music.


Unit 1 – Appraising Music
Exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
120 marks
40% of A Level
Unit 2 - Performance
10 minute performance
50 marks
35% of A Level
Unit 3 – Composition
2 compositions
50 marks
25% of A Level

Financial information

Elliott Hudson College will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for re-sits, where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework is incomplete). There are no charges for course materials, although students are expected to provide their own stationery and any specialist clothing /equipment. Course books may be bought from subject teachers however subjects will also loan textbooks to students in return for a deposit. In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc.) may have an associated cost; this will be notified in advance of the event.

Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge full fees for the course.

If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college’s Student Bursary Fund

Future opportunities

The AQA music course makes for great preparation for any further form of musical study at undergraduate level. It also gives students the fundamental skills required for any serious career in music as a performer or composer. Beyond this, its academic rigour and high demands on creative and interpretive skills makes it good training for many degrees and careers.

Further information

Detailed information about Elliott Hudson College can be found on the college’s website


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: 09 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September