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 TPT23
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Music course is designed to encourage students to study all styles and genres of music through developing the skills of performing, composing and appraising.

Tapton music department, is a vibrant, busy and exciting place to immerse yourself in the subject and gain expert tuition whilst mixing with like minded people.  There are ensembles all through the week.  Our lessons are taught in fun, engaging and practical ways and we challenge our pupils to achieve the highest levels.  We offer a thorough traditional grounding in theory and techniques  and believe in preparing our pupils for the advanced skills required to study music in further education.  We are passionate about music - come and join us!


The AQA specification has three components:

  • Component 1: Appraising Music (40% of marks)  An exam comprising of three sections, Listening (56 marks), Analysis (34 marks), Essay (30 marks)  At Tapton we focus on the Weslem Classical music modules plus music for theatre, romantic piano music and 20th century art music.
  • Component 2: Performance (30% at AS, 35% at A level)  Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrument and/or vocalist and/or music production (50 marks)  10-12 minutes worth of music in total.
  • We encourage all students to attend concerts, and offer trips to Derbyshire (Residential Performance Weekend), London (ROH) and Manchester (Bridgewater Hall), as well as performing opportunities within school concerts and the wider community.  We have a wide range of weekly ensembles that our students are encouraged to perform in, catering for all instruments and voice.
  • Component 3: Composition (30% of marks at AS, 25% od marks at A Level)  Composition 1: Composition  to a brief (25 marks) and composition 2 Free Composition  (25 marks) 4.5-6 minutes worth of music in total.
  • Students at Tapton invaribly follow a very individual course of study, depending on the genre in which they wish to compose.  Students will use the initial workshops  to extend and develop their skills and techniques, and support the development of their ideas.  Contextual studies  are at the core of our teaching in a very practical way and students will analyse and compare the music of composers within their chosen genre.
  • Students will use Sibelius, reason or Cubase software to compose their pieces.


How will it be delivered?

  • Throughout the course students will take part in peer and self reviews in order to familiarise themselves with the assessment objectives, and become more adept at critiquing work.
  • Staff review work with students on a one-to-one basis, giving support, feedback and setting targets for improvement and progression.
  • All units are externally assessed at the end of the course.

Entry requirements

A grade 6 in GCSE Music and/or Grade 5 Theory and Grade 5 in an instrument. 


Your next steps...

Music is a language and the skills you learn through studying music are relevant to all careers.  Universities value and recognise that musical training also has huge benefits for achieving success in all other areas.  Music offers many areas of employment and is continually growing and changing, from performing, sound production or music engineering, to musical theatre, music in advertising and composing for Film, TV and Game, as well as arranging.