What will you study

AS  (3 Units)
Mu1 : PERFORMING  =  15%
Mu2 : COMPOSING  =   15%
Mu3 : APPRAISING =    20%

The course extends students’ musical skills, knowledge and understanding and encourages
participation in music-making. It allows for the development of individual strengths/interests/skills for life-long learning, and provides access to music-related and other careers. This course encourages the development of imagination, fosters creativity and, by broadening experiences, promotes pupils’ personal and social development. It is expected that all music students will contribute to extra-curricular activities within the department.


This unit is designed to enable students to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills
in media production processes through research, planning, production and evaluation.


Who is the course for?

This course provides a suitable foundation for the study of Music (or a related area) through a range of higher education courses or for direct entry into employment. In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for candidates who do not wish to progress to
further study in this subject but who enjoy music-making per se.
Although there may be elements of overlap with Music Technology, there are both discrete and
complimentary courses.

Entry requirements

Apart from the necessity to perform at Grade 4/5 standard or equivalent, there is no specific
requirement for entry to this course. However, many candidates will have already gained knowledge, understanding and a range of musical skills through a study of music at GCSE and therefore will find this course an easy progression.


How you will be assessed

AS  (3 Units)
Mu1   PERFORMING    15%    External Assessment Solo and/or ensemble performance lasting between 8 and 10 minutes
Mu2   COMPOSING    15%     Internal Assessment / External Moderation A folio of two contrasting compositions lasting between 4 and 8 minutes in total
Mu3    APPRAISING     20%    External Assessment

One Listening examination in two parts
Part 1 (12%) 1 hour appraising test based on extracts of music taken from ‘set works’
Part 2 (8 %)  1 hour aural perception test based on unprepared musical extracts

The AS is the first half of the A level course and contributes to 50% of the total A level marks.


Progression routes

Careers linked to music include: Advertising, Arts Promotion, Choreographer, Composer,
Conductor, Cruise-ship Entertainer, DJ, Film Music Editor, Music Therapist, Musical Instrument Maker, Musician, Music Librarian, Music Journalist, Occupational Therapist, Peripatetic Music Teacher, Teacher (Primary or Secondary), Radio Producer, Sound Engineer.