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A-Level Music

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Music is constantly evolving, inspiring creativity and expression in a way that no other subject can. You will have the opportunity to study a wide range of musical genres ad bring listening, performance and composition to life in new and engaging ways.


What Does The Programme Include

You will study in a variety of ways. These will include: In class activities, worksheets, practise exam questions, tests, group work and independent study. You will also practise your practical skills. You will analyse musical excerpts and explore a range of genres. We also organise industry visits that are relevant to your subjects and, where possible, subject specific conferences.

Entry Requirements

The standard requirement for A Levels is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/​C or above as a minimum for humanities subjects and a 6/​B in maths for all science subjects.

Each A Level subject has its own additonal entry requirement, please see below:

Grade 5/​C or equivalent in music exams.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

You will be assessed by exams that include listening and written questions using experts of music. The second component to this A Level is a performance, either as a solo artist or an ensemble, performing as an instrumentalist or vocalist, or through music production using technology. This is a linear subject which means it is examined externally entirely at the end of year two. There will be end of year exams in June of your first year which will determine your progress and whether you can enter the second year. During the two years of study, you will be regularly assessed under test conditions to practise being able to understand and respond to the questions asked in the correct time allocation so that you are fully prepared for the final exams. There is an assessment calendar for A levels which includes timed assessment every 4 to 5 weeks. Feedback gained from these assessments will help you to develop your skills, target your revision and where necessary enable us to provide additional support.

Additional Information

You will need to provide evidence of your competence in playing a musical instrument, either by providing certification to grade 5 competence, or by completing an audition to an appropriate standard.

Potential Future Career

Example job roles:

  • Musician
  • Music Therapist
  • Music Teacher
  • Sound Technician
  • Radio Broadcaster
  • Stage Manager

Study further degrees in:

  • Foundation Degree in Music at University Centre Stamford
  • Music Performance
  • Music Technology
  • Events Management
  • Performing Arts
  • Teaching

Course Content

You will study the following units:

  • Listening
  • Analysis of music
  • The contextual understanding of music


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Emily achieved A*, A, A, A* in Biology, Maths, Chemistry and her EPQ. The former Prince William School student progressed to The University of Nottingham to study Chemical Engineering.

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