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Music A Level at St Crispin's School

Course description

Music A level examines skills in performance, composition, compositional techniques, listening and analysis. This course gives students the chance to increasingly follow their own interests in music. At the same time it helps students develop a broader and deeper understanding of a range of musical styles.

Students have specialised lessons in performance and regular chances to perform to each other. Composition workshops and individual self-directed projects give students a chance to further develop their own writing style.

Course content


In the first year students complete three tasks: a performance, to present a short recital to a Grade 5 standard; a composition and a listening and analysis task. The last task is the only exam of the first year and will assess students’ understanding of set works through listening and essay questions.


For A2, students again complete three tasks: an extended performance of up to 15 minutes to a Grade 6 standard; a composition and a further listening and analysis. For the last task students are assessed on their understanding of music from the Renaissance to the present day through unprepared listening questions and essays about set works.

Entry requirements

GCSE Music at grade B or above and grade 4 standard or above in their first instrument/voice.



Future opportunities

This is a respected A level course which prepares students well for university. It may lead to a career as a performer, composer, recording musician, conductor, instrumental teacher, music therapist, producer, recording engineer or sound technician.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years