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Music A-Level at Worthing College

Course description

The A Level music course is intended to be stimulating and enriching for students. There is a clear and coherent structure to the qualification which has three engaging components, assessed through practical performances,compositions and one externally examined paper.

Course content

Component 1 : Performing

Component 2 : Composing

Component 3 : Appraising

Entry requirements

You need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade, including GCSE Music at grade C or play to grade 5 standard. All styles of playing are acceptable and Rock and Pop players are most welcome if they are willing to learn traditional music notation. Students without GCSE Music at Grade C or Grade 5 practical will be auditioned.


Component 1: Performing

Non-examined assessment: externally assessed 30% of the qualification 60 marks.

Content overview:

Assessment overview of Approaches to Performing.

A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital.

Component 2: Composing

Non examined assessment: externally assessed 30% of the qualification 60 marks.

Content overview:

Approaches to composing

Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by Pearson and one either free compostion or also to a brief.

Component 3: Appraising

Written examination 2 hours 40% of the qualification 100 marks.

Content Overview

Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and langauge.

Application of knowledege through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works and the application of knowledge to unfamiliar works.

Assessment Overview.

One written paper of 2 hours, with a total of 100 marks.

This paper comprises two sections: A and B

Section A: Areas of study and dictation (50 marks). Three questions related to the set works (audio and skeleton score provided)

Section B: Extended Response - Two essay questions - essay one (20 marks) and essay two (30 marks)

Essay One - asks students to draw links from their study of the set works to the music heard as an unfamiliar extract.

Essay Two: - gives a choice of three questions that ask students to evaluate the musical elements, context and language of one set work. Each option will be from a different area.

You may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of your first year as a measure of your progress. 


Future opportunities

Music is recognised as an academic subject and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of Music or related courses in higher education. It also develops personal and communication skills in a unique way which is recognised by many employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worthing College directly.

Last updated date: 19 August 2016
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