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Music A Level at The Belvedere Academy 6th Form

Course description

Developing and applying the musical knowledge, understanding and skills set out in the specification, ensures that students can form a personal and meaningful relationship with music.  They'll be encouraged to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of music and musical contexts.  They will also reflect on how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities.
The specification allows students to develop particular strengths and interests, encourage lifelong learning and provide access to higher education and university degree courses in music and music-related subjects, as well as music-related and other careers. 

Course content

Appraising music
The areas of study provide an appropriate focus for students to appraise, develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical contexts and musical language.  The areas of study can also provide a rich source of material for students to work with when developing performance and composition skills.
There are seven areas of study
  1. Western classical tradition 1650-1910 (compulsory)
  2. Pop music
  3. Music for media
  4. Music for theatre
  5. Jazz
  6. Contemporary traditional music
  7. Art music since 1910. 
Students must study Area of study 1 Western classical tradition 1650-1910 and a choice of two from Areas of study 2-7.
Students must perform for a minimum of 10 minutes and a maximum of 12 minutes in total. Students must be able to interpret musical elements, using resources and techniques as appropriate, to communicate musical ideas with technical and expressive control. 
Students must learn how to develop musical ideas and compose music that is musically convincing through two compositions. One must be in response to an externally set brief (Composition 1) and the other a free composition (Composition 2). 

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in Music or equivalent experience in Music.  Though not essential, it is desirable for students to have a passion for Music outside of school, whether through classes or qualifications.


Appraising (written exam)

  • Section A Listening (56 marks)
  • Section B Analysis (34 marks)
  • Section C Essay (30 marks)
  • This component is 40% of A-level marks (120 marks in total) 
  • Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist. or vocalist 10 minutes.
  • This component is 35% of A-level marks (50 marks in total).
  • Composition 1: Composition to a brief (25 marks)
  • Composition 2: Free composition (25 marks)
  • This component is worth 25% of A level marks (50 marks in total) 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Belvedere Academy 6th Form directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2016

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