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A Level Music at Christ's School and Sixth Form

Course description

Students who have a passion for performing music! Students will need to have a theoretical knowledge of music, and be able to read music


Course content

You will develop performance skills (solo and/or ensemble) throughout the course. You will compose your own music and learn about harmony (the basics at AS and stylistic studies at A2).

You will build up your aural and analytical skills by studying selections from the ‘New Anthology of Music’ (edited by J. Winterson, Peters, 2000) and have a pro-gramme of wider listening in a range of styles.

Unit 1: Performing Music

Unit 2: Composing

Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding

Unit 4: Extended Performance

Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study

Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding



Entry requirements

Students should be playing their main instrument (or singing) to about Grade 5/6 standard by the start of the course.  The ability to read music fluently is necessary for AS and A level Music.




Performance based work as solo and ensemble, produce balance programmes of music and compose own pieces.

Future opportunities


For those planning to continue at tertiary level with an academic  and practical music course  and who wish to develop their knowledge and skills either for their own sake or as part of a general education which includes an arts component.

In other words, A level Music is a suitable course for a wide variety of career outcomes; music is definitely NOT considered a soft option by universities, and Music A level is also very highly thought of by people in many diverse professions, whether or not they are directly connected to the world of music.


Further information

Performances to the school, community concerts and support at local events. Trips, visits and guest musicians.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS (1 year) A2 (2 years)
  • Number of planned places: 20