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Music A Level at Mount Grace School

Course description

This two year A Level Music course teaches you to analyse a variety of Instrumental and Vocal music from differing styles and eras.

You will learn to compose music to a choice of stimuli using other composer’s work as inspiration. You will also learn to analyse harmony and write your own harmony to fit with a given melody

Course content

You will need to be fully involved with the music department using any spare time to practice your instrument and be involved with the various extra-curricular groups on offer to develop your performance skills in readiness for your solo/ ensemble performance.

  • Unit 1: Performing
  • Unit 2: Composing
  • Unit 3: Further Music Understanding

Entry requirements

Candidates who wish to study Music require a minimum of Grade B in GCSE Music. Students not having studied at GCSE will be considered on proven ability (normally an audition). As a minimum requirement at the start of Year 12 music students should be studying for grade 5 or equivalent on their instrument.



  • Unit 1: Performance (30%)
  • Unit 2: Composing (30%)


A two hour listening exam at the end of each year (40%) with questions based on the Instrumental and Vocal set works studied throughout the course, and your ability to analyse chords, cadences and write your own chords to fit a given melody.

Future opportunities

There are many Music Degree course available at Universities across the country or careers available in the Music Recording Industry, Advertising Industry, Journalism (music press), Teaching, Music Therapy, Concert & Events Management, Theatre & Performing Arts, Community Art, Radio & Television Industry, and Publishing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mount Grace School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

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