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Music AS Edexcel at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

A varied and stimulating course: at both Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced level (A2), there are units for performing, composing, listening and understanding. The course provides an excellent basis for lifelong learning and for higher education courses in music. Skills: students will have opportunities to practise performance skills in solo and/or ensemble work, to compose music in styles of their own choice, to learn about the basics of harmony and - at A2 – to learn about specific technical study. Flexibility: the experience of interacting with music from a wide range of times and places through the Areas of Study will provide students with a broad and satisfying musical experience and help them develop valuable new insights. AS Units: Unit One: Performing Music This unit gives students the opportunities to perform as soloists and / or as part of an ensemble. A five – six minute recital is recorded and assessed at the end of the year. Unit Two: Composing This unit encourages students to develop their composition skills leading to the creation of a three-minute piece in response to a chosen brief. Unit Three: Developing Musical Understanding This unit focuses on listening to music and understanding how it works. Students familiarise themselves with each set work as a whole, before learning how to identify its important musical features and place it in a social and historical context. Students will also have to use a score to identify harmonic and tonal features and then apply this knowledge in the completion of a short and simple passage for SATB.

Entry requirements

GCSE music preferable and Grade V or equivalent standard on an instrument.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Music, which could lead onto higher education to study Music related courses or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Music such as a Music Composer, Musician, Sound Technician or you may wish to use your music ability for recreational purposes. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will provide you with the skills, understanding and knowledge to access a music related career or seek employment in lots of other industries.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year