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Music A-Level at Clevedon School

Course description

At both AS and A2, students experience all three main musical disciplines of performing, composing and listening and understanding. Students will develop performance skills through a variety of performance opportunities and recitals (solo and/or ensemble), extending and developing their current musical repertoire in line with the Areas of Study. They will develop their compositional skills, writing music in a range of styles, and learning about harmony. They will also study key works in a variety of musical genres which is examined through a listening and written exam.

Course content

In each year you will be required to prepare and perform a recital to a visiting examiner which you will have prepared for over the course of the year. You will submit two compositions each year which explore and reflect the style of your choice. There is a listening and analysis exam based on set pieces and also pieces which will be new to you.

  • You will perform as a soloist as a member of an ensemble over the course of the year.
  • You will develop and improve your stage presence.
  • You will compile detailed programme notes about your performance pieces.
  • You will study two different Areas of Study, chosen by your teacher.
  • You will attend live concerts and gain a varied experience of live performances from an audience perspective.
  • You will be expected to extend your musical repertoire by listening to and performing music from different Areas of Study.
  • You will become fluent in the language of musicology and be able to identify, highlight and explain key features of different styles.
  • You will receive instruction on compositional techniques and recap basic music writing skills.

At A2 level, the set works are replaced by the study of 20th Century Classical Music and the in-depth study of one piece chosen by the teacher.

  • You will be expected to plan, rehearse and perform a recital each year. Some of the pieces you perform will reflect your Area of Study.
  • You will perform live, in a concert setting to a visiting examiner.
  • You will compose sustained compositions in response to your Areas of Study, and submit them each year.
  • You will prepare essays and answer listening-style questions based on your set pieces.
  • Your listening exam will be a mixture of music that you have studied in preparation and other related pieces from your Areas of Study.

Entry requirements


In order to be admitted onto Level 3 courses, students should satisfy all the following requirements:

  • At the end of Year 11 secure a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C at GCSE.
  • Secured at least a grade B at GCSE in the subject that the student wishes to study at Post 16, or the same grade in a related subject where it has not been previously studied GCSE.
  • Have demonstrated, through their previous education career, the level of self-motivation and commitment required for Post 16 study.

NB. In exceptional cases one or more of the above requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Headteacher or his designated member of staff. The school reserves the right not to admit onto the requested course, despite meeting the above requirements, if on educational grounds it is not considered to be appropriate to the needs and ability of the student concerned.

Future opportunities

Some universities offer bursaries to students taking part in the university band/orchestra/choir even if they are not studying music. Theory and Music grades 6-8 are awarded UCAS points even if music is not being pursued at university.

This qualification leads to further music study - including music engineering and sound producing. Music can often be combined in a joint honours degree (e.g. Drama and Music Degree or Spanish with Music Technology etc.).

This course can lead to apprenticeships and work in the Music and Entertainment industry

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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