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Music A level at Wren Academy

Course description

Students will develop performance skills (solo and/or ensemble), compose music and learn about harmony. They will build up their aural and analytical skills by studying selections from the selected set works and wider listening.

Course content

Unit 1- Performing (35%)

Interpreting musical ideas with technical and expressive control and a sense of style and awareness of occasion.

Unit 2- Composing (25%)

Creating and developing musical ideas with technical control and expressive understanding making use of musical devices, conventions and resources.

Unit 3- Listening (40%)

Demonstrating an understanding of and the ability to comment perceptively on, the structural, expressive and contextual aspects of both prescribed works and unfamiliar works.

Entry requirements

Students will need to gain a B grade in Music at GCSE, as well as be able to read music. Students must also be able to perform a grade 5 standard piece on an instrument of their choice.


Performance - Recordings will be made between March and May of the examination year. The performances will then be externally marked.

Composition - A minimum of two pieces must be composed; one must respond to a brief set by AQA and the other which will respond to a brief set by the candidate.

Appraising Music - A terminal examination which will assess students’ ability to analyse and evaluate music heard in the exam, demonstrate knowledge and understanding of musical elements, and use musical language to make critical judgements about different genres of music.

Future opportunities

Whilst music is an artistic and practical subject, it is also recognised by universities as an academic A-level, and provides a good step towards degrees in a wide range of subject areas including sciences, mathematics, languages, humanities and arts. It is a requirement to have passed A-level music for most Higher Education music courses, but is also considered a valuable subject to take for entry into other degree courses.

Further information

Students who study A level music at Wren will receive free instrumental or vocal tuition within the Academy. Should students wish to seek lessons outside of the Academy, they will be given an equivalent sum in order to support their instrumental tuition.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wren Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years