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Music A Level at Bishop Ramsey C of E School

Course description

A level music is made of 3 different strands, performing, composing and appraising. Students will enjoy composing and listening to a wide range of music from Classical, Romantic and 20th Century Music.

Course content

Component 1 – Performance

A 12 minute recital of 3 items: two pieces from different areas of study and one piece could be from the same area of study.It could be instrument or voice.

Component 2 – Composing

2 compositions. 1 in the Western Classical style, 1 set by an Exam Baord brief.

Component 3 - Appraising

Summary of Assessment – Eduqas [part of WJEC] GCE A level Music

Entry requirements

Additional Subject Entry Requirements

You will need to be proficient on your instrument or voice to at least Grade 5 or above (Associated Board).

Music GCSE Grade 6 or above preferable but not essential.


WJEC Board

Component 1

35% - 12 minute recital - marked by a visiting examiner

Component 2

25% - 2 compositions - sent off to be externally marked

Component 3

40% - Written exam - 2 hours 30 minutes - marked externally


Future opportunities

An A level in this subject would enable you to apply for a degree in music, music technology and music media. It is also requirement for degrees in performing arts and sound recording. Studying A level music is desirable for other careers such as musical theatre.

Further information

Please contact Ms Jankauskaite at the school or visit the WJEC website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Ramsey C of E School directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2018
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