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Music A level at JFS

Course description

The course is diverse in content, covering Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions.  It allows students to study Music as a practical, intellectual and creative subject covering a range of musical style with a variety of opportunities for performance and composition work.  Students are expected to read and listen around the subject alongside the taught content and to participate in extra-curricular music activities.

You will compose two pieces, one in response to a set brief and one as a free composition.  We use a composer-in-residence to help you with composition.

Entry requirements

A GCSE Music Grade ‘B’ or above, or Grade ‘5’ standard performance and theory examinations (subject to agreement with the department). An interest in the key areas of performing, composing, listening and appraising.

You should have an interest in developing your music-making skills and be open to discovering new styles of music both through teacher-led discovery and independent enquiry.  Students are likely to have shown a high degree of commitment to music throughout their school career and will be expected to continue this in the Sixth Form through participation in extra-curricular activities.


The course is comprised  of three  units: Performing, Composing and Appraising. Performances   are recorded internally and composition is assessed through coursework, both of which are sent off for external assessment.  Appraising Studies are assessed by examination.

Future opportunities

The course could lead to Higher Education studies in Music or Popular Music.  It can also provide a qualification for many Arts based degrees.  It is highly regarded by many institutions as a result of the balance between practical and theoretical work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact JFS directly.

Last updated date: 11 November 2016
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