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Music - A Level (Ocr) at The Cotswold Academy

Course description

About the syllabus:

A Level Music is a course which requires of its students a number of important attributes.

You will:

• be a confident performer and committed to improving your instrumental and/or vocal skills;

• be committed to consolidating and extending your knowledge of music theory – especially ear training and harmony;

• have good writing skills and be able to argue a musical case from the available evidence;

• be willing to develop your knowledge of music history;

• be ready to develop your composition skills;

• support the wider musical life of the school.

The Music department ensures that individual students have the support and the rehearsal and performance opportunities they need to flourish. Students further benefit from inspirational visits from artists and specialist teachers as well as attending concerts and taking part in performance events locally and abroad.

Our musicians regularly go on to read music at university level each year. Past pupils are currently attending Liverpool, Newcastle, Bath Spa, Southampton and Edinburgh universities.

Key areas of experience and skill in music are very useful on courses and in careers that may have no direct connection with the subject. Experience of teamwork, detailed analysis, the process of synthesis, informed debate and the personal resilience and discipline involved in the process of rehearsing and performing, are all very attractive qualities to prospective employers.

Course content

AS units in Year 12 Units

Unit 1 Performance:

Recital for a visiting examiner. Solo performance on your principal instrument plus either ensemble performance or second instrument and viva voce. Standard expected to be at least Grade 5. 40% of AS Level 20% of A Level

Unit 2 Composition:

a. Portfolio of exercises selected from work during the year plus

b. Instrumental composition to the candidate’s own brief

30% of AS Level 15% of A Level

Unit 3 Listening

Exam 2 hours  30% of AS Level 15% of A Level

A2 units in Year 13

Unit 4 Performance:

Recital for a visiting examiner. 15 minute performance – either wholly solo or wholly ensemble – plus viva voce. Standard expected to be at least Grade 6.  40% of A2 Level 20% of A Level

Unit 5 Composition:

a. Portfolio of exercises selected from work during the year plus

b. Composition from a choice of subjects

30% of A2 Level 15% of A Level

Unit 6 Listening exam:

Together with two essays centred on a choice of historical topics. 2 hours  30% of A2 Level 15% of A Level

Entry requirements

Performing skills are expected to be at Grade 5 by Easter of Year 12. A*-B grade at GCSE Music or a proven track record in practical and theoretical skills (at least Grade 5 on an instrument and Grade 5 Theory).

Entry criteria for A2 is at least a D at the requisite AS Level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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