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Music (A Level) (Edexcel) at Wilson's School

Course description

The A-level Music course develops a wide range of musical skills, introducing students to a variety of styles of composition and performance, and developing analytical and listening skills.

The vast majority of A-level musicians will have achieved highly at GCSE, but it is possible to access the course without having studied a specific GCSE specification. To do well at A-level, students should be aspiring to the highest instrumental grades and be receiving regular professional instrumental lessons. It is also essential that students participate in departmental ensembles.

Students will have valuable access to the department’s ICT resources, instruments, and other equipment. They will be given the chance to direct instrumental groups, meet professional musicians, and attend live music events.

Course content

Lower Sixth units:

  • Performing
  • Composing
  • Listening

Upper Sixth units:

  • Performing
  • Composing
  • Listening

Entry requirements

Demonstrate theory knowledge at Grade 5 level alongside regular and on-going professional instrumental/vocal tuition. Where Music has been studied at GCSE, at least a grade 7 and on-going professional instrumental/vocal lessons.


AS Level examinations and coursework at the end of the Lower Sixth year assess content covered during this year.

A Level examinations and coursework at the end of the Upper Sixth year assess content studied during both years.

Future opportunities

In many cases students will pursue the subject beyond A-level at music colleges and universities, and some will continue into a career in performing, music technology, composing or teaching. Music is an excellent subject for students hoping to study medicine, law or other unrelated subjects as it develops lateral thinking, broadens the mind, and reinforces effective learning strategies; this is a highly respected A-level at elite universities (it is on Cambridge University’s ‘A-list’ of ‘suitable A-level courses’).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilson's School directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years