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Music A Level at Cotswold Edge Sixth Form

Course description

The course will enable you to further explore the key areas of music through the study of harmony and composition, performance, and the history of music through set works. This will give you an in-depth knowledge of the development and construction of music whilst also allowing you to work to your areas of strength in both composition and performance.

This course will be taught through a mixture of techniques such as practical listening exercises and performance opportunities. Analysis work will involve working with written notes and looking at musical scores and harmony exercises, whilst practising the techniques learned in class.

Course content

AS Level:

Unit 1: Performing Music 30% - Solo performance lasting approximately 5-6 minutes, grade 5 standard or above Unit 2: Composing Music 30% - 1 composition lasting 3 minutes from a choice of 4 briefs. Completion of CD Sleeve notes Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding 40% - 2 hour examination: Section A: Listening Section B: Investigating musical styles Section C: Understanding chords and lines.

A2 Level:

Unit 4: Extended Performance 30% - Solo performance lasting 12-15 minutes, grade 6 standard or above. Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study 30% - 1 composition lasting 3 minutes from a choice of 4 briefs. Completion of a Bach Chorale Technical Study. Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding 40% - 2 hour examination: Section A:Aural Analysis Section B: Music in Context Section C: Continuity and change in instrumental music.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For A Levels this should include both English and Maths


Unit 1 Recital: Term 4 (April of year 1)

Unit 2 Composition: Term 4 deadline for external marking

Unit 3 Musical understanding: Term 5 examination

Future opportunities

Music is a highly regarded choice as an A-level course for all university degrees. As a progression route in itself, Music can lead onto further studies such as a performer, composer, musical director, arts management, education, business and media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cotswold Edge Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2015

Key information

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