Music (OCR H142) at St Augustine's Catholic College
The AS music exam is split into 3 units;
performing, composing and introduction to historical study.
In the performance examination you will perform a solo
recital, have viva voce discussing your recital and then
perform either in an ensemble on your first instrument or
perform on a second instrument. You will be pleased to know
that there is slightly more weighting on the performance
section of this specification.
The composing unit comprises six harmony exercises over the
year, one in controlled conditions at the end of the course.
The second section of this unit asks that you compose a
composition for between 4 and 10 instruments and lasting
not more than 3 minutes.
The historical study in Music is a written examination which
consists of 3 sections, the first being an aural extract, the
second, questions on the prescribed set works and the third
an essay which brings together elements of all the set works
and history you have studied.
A level Music Examination Board OCR (H542)
The A2 specification is again divided up into 3 main units.
The practical examination requires a 15 minute recital with a
clear focus and followed by a more detailed Viva Voce.
As far as composition is concerned you will be studying and
writing chorales and harmonising in the style of J.S. Bach and
composing one of the following;
Vocal setting of a text (maximum 120 words)
Instrumental interpretation of a programme
Music for film/television
Again the historical and analytical studies in music is a
written exam, section A is aural based and B requires you to
write 2 essays on the topic music for The Stage.
Students who take music as an AS or A level subject are
expected to be approximately Grade 5 ABRSM standard or
equivalent on their principle instrument and should really
have Grade 5 theory or have gained at least a B grade at GCSE
Music students are expected to take a leading role in the extra
curricular life of the department which does include
participating in senior choir.
Music demands an immense amount of self discipline is time
consuming and requires you to have a passion for the subject.
However, the rewards of studying music in the sixth form are
incredible; you will experience amazing camaraderie, lots of
fun and develop skills which you will probably use for the rest
of your life!!
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Augustine's Catholic College directly.