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A-Level Music

Practical Vs Theory

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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.

Worried about your grades?

Whatever your results, we want to assure you that extenuating circumstances will be considered should you not have the grades indicated above. 

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective 6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieveing well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

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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I’ve had a brilliant two years at New College Stamford, it’s been the best years of my education! With grades A*, A, B, I’m now progressing to Cardiff University to study Journalism.

Seb Sadler

 

 

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