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Delivered in partnership with Tuxford Academy

Exam Board – Edexcel

Qualification – A Level H543

Entry requirements – GCSE grade B in Music, plus grade 5 in English and Maths

Course specification

The A Level Music course aims to foster and develop a lifelong appreciation of music, one of the most personal forms of self-expression. This is delivered through activities which combine the three main areas of performance, composition and appraisal.

A Level Music is the point at which the bonnet is lifted and we begin to look at the engine in close detail. You will begin to appreciate why your favourite pieces of music mean so much to you simply through gaining an understanding of how composers invent and develop ideas, manipulate harmony and organise their music into coherent sections in order to communicate most effectively with the listener.

Once your analytical skills have been sharpened through listening, you will then go on to apply what you have learned in your own compositions.

As an instrumentalist or singer, you will have the opportunity to develop yourself both technically and musically through increased commitment to your chosen instrument and more frequent performances throughout the year.

Is music suitable for me at A Level?

The answer to this question is yes if you identify music as an important part of your daily life. It’s not what you do – it’s what you are! Yes, if you are prepared to be open minded with regard to extending your studies beyond your usual listening and performance experiences. Yes, if you are willing to seek out, or continue with, high quality instrument-specific tuition, either privately or via the service provided by private music teachers at the academy. Yes, if you are already operating at a grade B or better standard at GCSE level. Yes, if you are keen to develop as a composer.

Syllabus content:

  • performance
  • composition
  • appraisal

Students are examined by:

  • written examinations
  • compositions
  • performances
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