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Music A level at The Dukeries Academy

Course description

This course is suitable for enthusiastic musicians who have had appropriate grounding. There are no limits on the instruments (or voices) and types of repertoire which may be presented in performance, and you are encouraged to study the widest possible range of music from folk, popular and classical traditions of non-Western origin as well as those of jazz and the Western classical and popular traditions. There are also opportunities to develop skills in the handling of Music Technology.

Course content

AS level

Performance recital: Either a solo; ensemble; improvisation; or realisation of a piece using technology 30%

Composition: Two separate pieces of music to a brief set by the exam board and one set by the student 30%

Listening: Based on analysing music from both prescribed set works and previously unheard music 40%

The same three units comprise the A Level Music qualification. Aside from the difficulty level increasing, each individual student also has to choose a specialism - either composition or performance. The weighting reflects the choice of the specialism, increasing it to 35% for the specialism and lowering the remaining component to 25%. The listening module remains at 40% of the final grade.

Entry requirements

GCSE Music grade C. Grade V on a musical instrument/voice. 5 A*-C grades at GCSE (including English and Maths).

Future opportunities

A-level Music builds on the knowledge and skills gained from GCSE Music as well as musical experience gained outside the classroom. It recognises the interdependence of different aspects of musical activity. This specification provides a sound preparation for the study of music in higher education, as well as providing opportunities to develop strengths and interests leading to music-related and other careers. It encourages students to develop a wide range of transferable skills such as critical thinking, research, communication and team-work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years