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Music A Level at Samuel Whitbread Academy

Course description

At A Level the course covers performing, composing and listening/response skills, which extend and expand knowledge and abilities gained in GCSE music. The standard of performing needed for the course is Grade 5/6 or if you have not passed a grade then the equivalent is required. Students will take part in a range of solo and ensemble performances during the course. Different genres of music will be studied to help develop musical ideas. Areas that can be chosen include, Film Music, Pop Music, Western Classical Music, World Music and 20th Century Art Music.

Course content

Throughout the two years, students will extend their knowledge, skills and understanding developed in GCSE. It provides a worthwhile, satisfying and complete course of study, which broadens experience, develops imagination, fosters creativity and promotes personal and social development.

Key Features

• Component 1: Performing (Coursework)

• Component 2: Composing (coursework)

• Component 3: Appraising (Exam)

During the course, there is an emphasis on teaching and learning in a very practical way which past students have found extremely enjoyable.

Entry requirements

• APS 4.4

• Grade 6 in GCSE Music

• Anyone who is interested in developing particular strengths and interests in music would be suited.

• Since performing and composing are fundamental to the course expectations, students who do not play an instrument or sing would not find this course appropriate.


• 40% exam

• 60% coursework

Future opportunities

Musical skills lead to creative strengths which are prized in a wide range of future careers. Instrumental and compositional talent will lead to excellent opportunities in classical or popular music – both for playing/singing and management careers. It is even a good base to become a teacher! Careers that rely on good social and communication skills e.g. social work, caring professions, advertising, public relations, business and advertising.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Samuel Whitbread Academy directly.

Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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