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?

Alternative Title Music
Code 7272
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3


The course is designed to help students develop and apply musical knowledge, understanding and skills to form a personal and meaningful relationship with music. They will be encouraged to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of music and musical contexts, and reflect on how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities. The specification allows students to develop particular strengths and interests, encourage lifelong learning and provide access to higher education and university degree courses in music and music-related subjects as well as music-related and other careers.


The Music course covers four main disciplines – Performance, Composition/Technical Skills, Listening and Analysis. During the two-year course, you will develop skills acquired from GCSE, particularly analytical skills, in readiness for assessments that are completed in your second year.   

 You will study the following core genres:  

 - Baroque Solo Concerti  

- Mozart Operas: Marriage of Figaro  

- Romantic Piano Works  

 You will also choose to study two genres from the options below:   

- Popular Music (Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Muse, Beyonce, Daft Punk and Labrinth)  

- Music for Media (Bernard Hermann, Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino and Thomas Newman).  

- Music for Theatre (Kurt Weill, Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim and Claude-Michel Schönberg).  

- Jazz (Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Pat Metheny).  

- Contemporary Traditional Music (Astor Piazzolla, Anoushka Shankar and Bellowhead).  

- Art music since 1910 (Dmitri Shostakovich, Olivier Messiaen, Steve Reich and James Macmillan).

How will it be delivered?

You will be assessed based on three different modules: 

Listening & Analysis:  You will complete a written examination lasting 2 hours 30 minutes. This involves listening to unfamiliar extracts based on the areas of study, and answering questions regarding the excerpts. The genres covered range from the Baroque and Contemporary Art Music, to Popular music and Musical Theatre. 

Performance –This involves at least ten minutes of repertoire, and can include purely solo material or some ensemble work as well. The expected standard of performance for this module is approximately Grade 7. 

Composition – You have a choice of either Composition or Technical Skills. Composition requires you to compose one free composition and another based on briefs set by the exam board. Both compositions need to total at least four and half minutes.

Entry requirements

GCSE Level 6 in Music or Grade 5 Music Theory. Students must have at least Grade 6 in their chosen instrument. 

 Sixth Form entry also requires:  

• GCSE Level 5 in English and Mathematics 

• Four other GCSE’s at Level 5

Your next steps...

Beyond the A Level Music course, many students choose to study music at a higher level, and aspire to a career within the music industry, whilst others may choose a different pathway entirely. Some of our students have progressed on to conservatoire study, university, or have continued musical practice as additional studies at university.