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AS Level Music- Level 3 at St John Fisher Catholic College - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description


All AS-Level pupils study 3 Areas.

AOS 1: The Western Classical Tradition 1650-1910 (Compulsory)

  • Baroque: the Solo Concerto
  • Classical: the Operas of Mozart
  • Romantic: the Piano Music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg

AOS 3: Music for Media (including film, TV  and gaming from 1958 to present day)

You will study in-depth music theory to assist you in the analysis of the above set works.


You will also study compositional techniques which will allow you to develop more advanced composition work, building on your existing compositional skills.


You will also cover performance techniques (alongside your instrumental teacher) which will allow you to develop in your maturity as a performer in any style.


Course content


Lessons follow a number of styles. Music theory and score analysis will be taught full class and in groups to enable you to grasp a full understanding of the techniques used and an understanding of the works themselves.


Composition will be taught via a series of one-to-one tutorials within the lessons as this will allow you to develop your own personal style of composition.


Performances will take place throughout the year so that you are comfortable performing your chosen repertoire for the final coursework. This also allows the practice work to be assessed so far so that you have a full awareness of your performance abilities throughout the course.


Entry requirements


A grade B pass in Music at GCSE



AS Level component 1: Appraising Music (Exam)
Three sections:

  • Section A: Listening: 2 compulsory questions
  • Section B: Analysis: 1 question (from choice of 2)
  • Section C: Essay: 1 essay question from choice of 6

 - 40 % of total AS Level

AS Level Component 2: Performance

All students complete a performance lasting a minium of 6 minute and maximum of 8 minutes which is externally assessed by AQA 

- 35 % of total AS Level

AS Level Component 3: Composition

All pupils compose 2 compositions - combined lasting 4 minues 30 seconds minimum and 6 minutes maximum which is externally assessed by AQA

- 25 % of total AS Level


Future opportunities


This course is ideal if you wish to study a Music Degree at University. It is also beneficial if you wish to take other performing arts subjects or theatre studies.


Universities also like to see music on a candidates application forms as it demonstrates they are a committed and hard working student even if the application is not for music.


This can lead to a career in music such as Performer, Teacher, Music Therapist and other Music roles.


Further information


Lessons in The Trinity Sixth Form are taught in two blocks, a morning and an afternoon, with a flexible lunchtime in between. Some students will find that all of their subjects will be taught in the same school, while others may choose subjects taught in another school.

Transport will be provided free during the lunchtime, so you don't have to worry about getting from morning to afternoon classes. Free before and after transport is also available to and from your home school if required.


Music will be taught at the St John Fisher site.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic College - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 13 March 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course code: AQA

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mark Stevens
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782615636
    • Email address: