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AS/A2 Music at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?

This course aims to extend the GCSE skills of Performing, Composing and Appraising in ways that emphasise their interdependence.

There are no limits on the instruments (or voices) and types of repertoire which may be presented in performance and the study of the widest possible range of music is encouraged.

Areas of study Students will cover three units of work in both the first and second years.

AS Level Unit 1 - Performing music 1

Unit 2 – Composing 1

Unit 3 – Introduction to Historical Study in Music A2 Level

Unit 4 – Performing Music 2 (Interpretation)

Unit 5 – Composing 2 Unit 6 – Historical and Analytical Studies in Music

How will I be assessed ?

The grade you achieve will be determined by the marks in each of the units. The two performance units will be assessed by a visiting examiner; compositions will be submitted for assessment as coursework and the final two units will be assessed by external examination.

Who should do this course ?

Any students who wish to proceed further with their study of music or even just those who have a purely recreational interest in music.

How is the course delivered ?

Some lessons are practical in nature: you’ll be given time to work individually on your composing and performing skills and you’ll also receive one-to-one advice and support from your teacher in this.

You’ll need to be self-motivated and able to work independently. Other lessons will be teacher-directed, focusing on listening skills and developing students’ ability to analyse music and work with musical notation.

What equipment will I need ?

You’ll need to have access to your own musical instrument for practice and, ideally, a keyboard or piano too.

The school provides the necessary IT software for recording your compositions, although if you have any such equipment at home, that would also be useful.

What next ?

As a creative subject, Music complements other less practical A levels courses well. Having said that, the course is academically rigorous and is well-respected as an established A Level subject which can lead to further study of Music at specialist Music College or at university. 

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take AS/A2 Music should have five GCSE A* - C grades including English and Maths, with a grade C or above in Music GCSE or Grade 5 practical and theory. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bluecoat Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

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