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Music A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Felsted School

Course description

Music is a truly universal language,
something which plays some part in
the life of every single person. When
we engage with music, every single part
of the brain is fired up. Taking part in
performance teaches humans about
what it is to be alive, to share and
communicate with others, to work
together and to entertain.
The advanced study of music will give
students a solid understanding of
musical history and theoretical
principles, as well as a wealth of
experience of composition and
performance. It is one of the few
subjects which can genuinely be said
to make everybody’s life better.


Course content

The study of music is one of the most
rewarding of all. It combines highly
practical activities such as performance
and composition with more
traditional forms of study,
incorporating music history, theory,
harmony and appreciation. There is no
substitute for a great deal of private
listening to a very wide range of
The syllabus covers all musical styles,
with particular focus on areas
including Musical Theatre and English
Choral Repertoire, and set works which
include Beethoven Symphony No. 1
and Shostakovich Symphony No. 5.
Students will be expected to master
principles of Western tonal harmony,
and will also be required to send
recordings of live performances to be
assessed for the recital paper. All of
these things require students to
understand that independent work in
the form of daily practice, listening
and reading, is essential.

Entry requirements

At least a B grade at GCSE is required,
and students will also need to be
taking one-to-one lessons in at least
one instrument or voice to meet the
requirements of the performance/
recital coursework.


AS Level
Unit 1
Written examination:
Influences on Music
30% (15% of A Level)
Unit 2
Composing: Creating Musical ideas
(Externally assessed coursework.)
30% (15% of A Level)
Unit 3
Performing: Interpreting Musical
Ideas. (Internally assessed and
externally moderated.)
40% (20% of A Level)
A Level
Unit 4
Written examination:
Music In Context 20%
Unit 5
Composing: Developing Musical
Ideas. (Externally assessed
coursework.) 15%
Unit 6
Performing: A Musical Performance
(Externally assessed.) 15%

Future opportunities

Several Felsted students have gone on
to University or Conservatoire to study
Music. Old Felstedians are currently
studying Music at Liverpool University,
King’s College London, Royal
Holloway College London,
Westminster University and The
Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Past pupils are currently working in
Music, Law, Music Technology and as
Performers and Teachers

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 June 2015
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Key information

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


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    • **FEES PAYABLE**

      Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.