A Level Music

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code M11
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


A Level Music


This is an exciting and enriching course which is well respected by universities and other higher education establishments.  The course allows you stretch your musical skills to explore a variety of different musical styles through performing, composing and listening appreciation tasks.

What will I do on this course? 

A level Music is a mix of creative, practical, academic and analytical skills. It is suitable for those students who wish to extend the skills acquired at GCSE and for musicians who have achieved grade 5 on their chosen instruments. 


You will compose, listen to and analyse a wide variety of music from 1600 to the present day. All students need to be dedicated musicians as performance contributes as a significant part of the course. 

You will learn how to: 

• Analyse a piece of music in detail 

• Write music effectively using 4 part harmony 

• Compose music to a given brief 

• Construct a varied performance programme 

• Rehearse effectively 

What skills do I need? 

• You should be at least Grade 5 standard at the start of the course.  

• Enjoy composing and performing 

• to be willing to demonstrate determination and commitment throughout  

all areas of the course 

How will it be delivered?

The course will be assessed in the following areas; 

Performance: In your first year you will perform pieces on an instrument (or instruments) of your choice. By the end of Y13, your performance recital should last for a minimum of 8 minutes.  


Composition: In both years you will compose two pieces, one will be in a style of your own choice/ or to a set brief and the second will be composed for one of the four briefs assessing technique set by the exam board in Y13. Both compositions need to last for a combined total of 6 minutes. 


Listening & Appraising: In each year you will study a selection of pieces which you will be asked about in an external listening examination. The genres you will study this year include; Film Music, Instrumental Music, Popular Music and Jazz, Vocal Music, Fusions and New Direction. 


 Number Timing Percentage of final mark 

Listening exam 1 May,  Year 11 40% 

Compositing 2 Continuous in Year 10/11 30% 

Performance 2 Continuous Year 10/11 30% 

Entry requirements

GCSE Music – grade 5 or BTEC - Merit as well as the ability to play an instrument to a high level (G5 or higher).

Your next steps...

There are many careers that lead on from A level Music such as: 

Peripatetic teaching, Sound Engineer, Solo Performer, Music Teacher, Instrumentalist,  

Music production, Session Musician, Composer, Song Writer, Disc Jockey 


Universities and employers are frequently impressed by students who have studied A level Music due to the range of skills it can demonstrate such as organisation, reliability, commitment, creativity and self-discipline