A-Level music offers students the opportunity to develop as a performer and composer with 60% of the course made up of practical assessments. These can be weighted to enhance a student’s individual strengths with a choice of 25% or 35% weighting for either composition or performance. The minimum level of difficulty for performance is around a Grade 6 equivalent.
Component 1: Performing
Option A: total duration of performance 10 to 12 minutes; 35% of qualification
Option B: total duration of performance: 6 to 8 minutes; 25% of qualification non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
Component 2: Composing
Option A: Total duration of compositions: 4-6 minutes; 25% of qualification.
Option B: Total duration of compositions: 8-10 minutes; 35% of qualification Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by WJCEC
Component 3: Appraising
Written examination: 2 hr 15 min for 40% of the qualification. Three main areas are studied:
- The western classical tradition (Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn etc.)
- Musical Theatre
- Into the 21st Century
Musicians can work in a variety of roles including sound technicans/engineers, music therapist, music teacher, as well as performing music. The study of music at A Level will also provide you with skills which are useful to a wide range of careers in the arts, marketing, events and the theatre.