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Music AS & A Level at St Anne's Catholic School

Course description

A level music develops the skills and techniques of performing, composing and musical analysis and understanding.

Course content

The performance unit gives students the opportunity to develop their technical and performing skills as a soloist. Students can choose music in any style on any instrument(s) and/or voices(s) for their assessed performance.

Through composition, students develop their understanding of the principles of rhythmic, melodic and harmonic construction and musical forms, leading to the creation of a piece in response to a chosen brief, covering a wide range of musical styles and genres. A score and recoding of the composition is submitted. Students also write a CD sleeve note as AS, to describe aspects of their fi nal composition and explain how other pieces of music have infl uenced it. At A2 students have the option of completing a technical study, writing for either popular song, string quartet, Bach choral or fi gured bass.

Pupils develop musical understanding through: listening to and analysing set works from the Edexcel Anthology of Music; exploring the important musical features, and the social and historical context of a variety of composers and musical genres.

Entry requirements

  • Grade B and above in Music GCSE required.
  • Students should be beyond Grade 5 (ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall) on their fi rst instrument.
  • Grade 5 in music theory is benefi cial. Students who have not achieved it at the start of the course will be encouraged to do so in the fi rst term.


Students are assessed through written and practical exams covering musical understanding, performing and composition.

Future opportunities

Students with an A level qualifi cation in music follow career paths in music publishing and journalism, concert hall management and orchestra management, along with going on to higher education at university or music college/conservatoire leading to careers as teachers, soloists, orchestral musicians, music librarians, singers in opera choruses and recording studio managers. Music combines well with many science and arts subjects. There are many opportunities for musicians with dedication, commitment and the willingness to work anywhere in the country and in the world.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Anne's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years