AS/A Level Music

A Level music allows students to develop performance skills (solo and/or ensemble), compose music and learn about musical history in a contextual setting. They build up their aural and analytical skills by studying set pieces and wider listening. The full GCE course is excellent preparation for higher education courses in music, but is equally valuable for non-specialists as a second or third area of study.
The AS can offer a broad and satisfying experience for those who want to conclude their musical studies at this point.

The AS Course
Unit 1: Appraising Music – Listening, Analysis and contextual understanding examined by written paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music.
40% of the overall course

Unit 2: Performance – A solo and/or ensemble performance as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or music production (6 minutes of performance)
30% of overall course – externally assessed

Unit 3: Composition – completion of two pieces of music, one to a brief and one free composition
30% of overall course – externally assessed

The A2 Course
Unit 1: Appraising Music – Listening, Analysis and contextual understanding examined by written paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music.
40% of the overall course

Unit 2: Performance – A solo and/or ensemble performance as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or music production (minimum of 10 minutes of performance)
35% of overall course – externally assessed

Unit 3: Composition – completion of two pieces of music, one to a brief and one free composition
25% of overall course – externally assessed