Why study music?
Those who have an enthusiasm for music and enjoy creating, performing and listening to it should consider A-level music. It will allow you to develop further the wide range of subject knowledge and other skills you started to develop at GCSE.
Music is a highly regarded A-level both by universities and future employers due to the diverse nature of skills developed during the course, which will equip you for a broad range of careers, not just in music. A-level music is not just a creative subject, but an academic one, which gives breadth to your profile. It counts like any other arts qualification and can lead into many different fields. Dan Chugg, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Burma did a music Masters degree before he joined the Foreign Office!
What our students say
“I love music as a subject and all the teachers are helpful and supportive. The challenge of the three aspects, performance, composition/harmony and analysis excited me. No other subjects offer such a contrasting skill set. Music also provides me with a contrasting subject to my scientific others (maths and physics) and the style of teaching is totally different, which I really enjoy.” Abbie
“I enjoyed the subject at GCSE and enjoy the instruments I play. My favourite aspect is composition because it gives me great freedom of expression. The teachers are great, both kind and supportive and I enjoy learning about different genres of music with them such as film music, instrumental music and fusion.” Lewis
Grade 6 in music at GCSE plus working at grade 5 standard, in theory and practice.
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The A-level course
|Unit 1: Performing||30||A public performance either playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising or realising music using music technology of a minimum of eight minutes|
|Unit 2: Composing||30||Two compositions totalling a minimum of six minutes One composition will be from a choice of briefs assessing compositional technique One composition will be from a list of briefs related to the areas of study or could be a free composition|
|Unit 3: Appraising Written examination 2 hours.||40||The knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language will be applied to 18 set works ranging from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute to Danny Elfman’s film music Batman Returns through to popular songs by Kate Bush and the Beatles. As well as questions related to these set works, there will be extended questions asking students to draw links with music heard as an unfamiliar extract and shorter questions testing aural dictation skills.|
Alumni – where are they now?
Holly (2020) studying at Birmingham University
Lucy-Anne (2020) studying at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Karen (2020) studying at Cambridge University
Hannah (2019) studying at Kings College London
Abbie (2019) studying at Durham University
Robert (2019) studying at the Guildhall
Daniel (2018) studying at Oxford Brookes University
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