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Music AS/A Level at Godalming College

Course description

The Music course introduces you to some of the disciplines involved in an academic and practical study of the subject.

During the course you will study a broad range of instrumental and vocal set works ranging from those composed in the Renaissance period right up to the modern day. You will learn to analyse these works through development of your listening and score reading skills. You will compose original pieces of music from a choice of briefs which allow you to write for any ensemble and in any style. You will also perform a short recital either as a soloist or in an ensemble. These skills are extended at A2 level with the opportunities to study harmony in the style of Bach and contemporary popular music.

We often invite in professional performers, and run trips to concerts and workshops to support the course. There are many performing opportunities throughout the year either as a soloist or in our Concert Orchestra, Contemporary Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Band or one of our many chamber ensembles. We provide private instrumental and singing tuition from visiting teachers.

Many of our students progress to study music at university or gain places at leading conservatoires.

Course assessment: Performance and composition are assessed as coursework and externally marked. Harmony papers at A2 are completed under controlled conditions over a total period of 3 hours. The analysis exam at AS and A2 is 2 hours.


Entry requirements

English and Mathematics GCSE at grade C or above plus a music performance standard (vocal or instrumental) of at least grade 5. A GCSE in Music is advised (minimum of grade B) although this is not essential. Grade 5 theory is strongly advised before commencing studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years