Music - A Level

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 PG21
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


A Level Music is a subject which will allow you to further develop the listening, composing and performing skills that you will have aquired through studying GCSE Music.

Component 1: Performing (30%)

Final Performance of 10-12 minutes (solo or ensemble or both) of Grade 6 standard – Non Examined Coursework marked by external examiner.

Component 2: Composing (30%)

Two compositions; the first will be a free choice and the second will be to a chosen brief (non-examined assessment (NEA)).

Component 3: Appraising (40%)

Covering two to four set works and three areas of study: listening; analysis and essay writing. You will be assessed through a 2.5 hour exam.

To fulfil your potential at A Level Music it is essential that you are regularly involved within the school’s extra-curricular activities and musical performance opportunities in the wider community.

Entry requirements

To secure a place at our Post-16 Centre you will need five or more GCSE passes at Grade 5 or above and a minimum of a Grade 4 in both English Language and Mathematics. You will also need a Grade 5 at GCSE (or equivalent vocational qualification) for most subjects you want to study at A Level. 

Your next steps...

Future Study and Career Opportunities

A Level Music can lead to a variety of degree courses in Higher Education ranging from Pop, Music and Production to Performance.

Career opportunities open to you following an A Level in this subject include Session Work, Entertainment, Arts, Journalism, Film Music Composition, Advertising and Media.