Music AS/A Level 3

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

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


Exam Board: AQA

A Level Music tends to be studied by girls with a passion for the subject. Some take the subject to further enhance their own musical interests, though many go on either to read music at university, or study performing at a conservatoire. All are welcome.

Whilst it is not essential to have studied GCSE Music, it is becoming increasingly useful. Of far more importance is that all girls taking this subject should be committed to it, and be committed to the school music - making programme.



Influences on Music

Structured listening questions.

2 essay questions based on 2 Areas of Study.

AS  30%    A2  15%



Candidates respond to one brief from a choice of 3.

AS  30%   A2  15%


Performing (solo and/or ensemble)

Candidates offer 2 performances, each lasting between 5-8 minutes. Performances should be of at least Grade 5 standard.

AS  40%    A2  20%




Music in Context

Structured listening questions.

2 essay questions based on 2 Areas of Study.





Candidates respond to one brief from a choice of 3.





Candidates offer 2 contrasting solo performances lasting 15 minutes.



The course content is split between the disciplines of listening, performing and composing. There is a slightly greater emphasis on the listening and the performing components.

The performing component requires pupils to perform regularly throughout the course. It is, therefore, necessary that pupils opting for A Level Music at TWGGS, are of at least Grade 5 standard on their instrument/voice. It is also expected that pupils will be prepared to join in wholeheartedly with all of the extra-curricular activities that the department puts on. At AS Level, pupils are expected to perform both as a soloist and in an ensemble.

The composing component takes on board the skills of composition acquired at GCSE and further develops them with more detailed and technical study. Pupils will learn how to compose in specific idioms and specifically to write harmony in four parts and to understand how to compose 2 part counterpoint.

The listening component also builds on GCSE work. Pupils will develop a firm understanding of the styles and conventions of not only the different periods of classical music but in wider fields of music from popular, jazz and music theatre. A detailed study of selected works provides a focus for this.


Your next steps...

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Music, which could lead onto higher education to study Music related courses or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Music such as a Composing, being a Musician, Sound Technology or you may wish to use your music ability for recreational purposes. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will provide you with the skills, understanding and knowledge to access a music related career or seek employment in lots of other industries.