A Level - Music
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
Music A Level is a course suited for those with a passion for music and is a two year course. It looks at the three main elements of music, performing, composing and listening, and the way in which these can be brought together. It aims to develop your individual playing skills and creativity as well as your performance style and composition skills. This course extends the GCSE skills of performing, composing and appraising a variety of styles of music. You will look at a variety of styles and genres of music from Baroque to Be-bop and have the chance to perform and compose your own music.
In the first year you will look at performing as a soloist and as part of an ensemble, taking part in a range of rehearsals and performances. You will be able to develop improvisational skills through performance and the study of classical music and jazz. You will compose in a variety of styles and be taught the skills required to use music programs such as Sibelius in order to do this. You will focus your listening through a variety of set works from the Baroque period right up to modern music. The units you study will represent the three major activities involved in this qualification; Performing, Composing, Listening and Historical Studies. You will compose your own music and learn to write and analyse the works of a variety of different composers.
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN THE COURSE?
Grade 6 in Music GCSE and Grade 4 in English Language. You would also be expected to have a pass at Grade 5 practical/theory or equivalent in the September entry. If you do not have this qualification, we may ask you to do an audition.
CAN I TAKE ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS?
If you choose to study Music, you will usually take it alongside 2 other A levels and/or BTEC Extended Certificates.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
On the AQA course the performing component is assessed by:
- Students will perform as a soloist and then choose whether to play in an ensemble, performing as an instrumentalist or vocalist and/or music production (via technology). The performance is a minimum of ten minutes in total.
- Harmony and composition is assessed by a portfolio submission.
- Listening and Historical Studies is assessed via a written examination at the end of the two year course.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
Any costs associated with this course will be clarified at interview. However students should budget for trips to performances and concerts in order to gain maximum benefit from all of the Performing Arts courses. These will take place periodically throughout the year at a cost of approximately £15 - £20 per trip.
We also encourage students to budget for individual Instrumental/Music lessons (provided by Suffolk One) to support their Music courses.
WHAT IS THE DURATION?
This is a two year course.
WHAT IS THE UCAS POINTS TARIFF FOR THIS COURSE?
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Course Type A Level
- Duration 2 Years
- Awarding Body AQA