Music

Music

Examining board: AQA

Music syllabus 2270



The format is similar to GCSE, with study in composition, set works and performance.
An AS examination is also available, with reduced requirements in performance, composition and fewer Set Works.

Performance – at the end of the two years pupils will perform a recital on their chosen instrument / voice lasting around 10-12 minutes. They will be expected to perform regularly throughout the course.

Composition – at the end of the two year pupils will submit two compositions – one a free choice or commission from the exam board, and the other a Bach Chorale Harmonisation. The Bach chorale work teaches harmony, cadences and chord use / names.

Set works – There are 6 areas of study, covering a wide range of music from Mozart to Kate Bush. The set works have been carefully chosen to give pupils a wider and deeper understanding of the development of music over the past 500 years. This is examined with a Listening Paper, including essays in the final term of the course.

Specification units
The course is divided into six units, 3 at AS and 3 at A2 level.
Year 12 : AS
Unit 1 - Appraising Music (Listening)    Examination -  40% of AS mark.
Unit 2 - Composing: Creating Musical Ideas     Externally assessed coursework - 30% of AS mark.
Unit 3 - Performing: Interpreting Musical Ideas    - 30% of AS mark.

Year 13 : A2
Unit 4 - Appraising Music
Externally assessed - 40% of A Level
Unit 5 - Composing: Developing Musical Ideas    Assessment by commissioned exercise - 30% of A Level
Unit 6 - Performing: Externally assessed examination - 30% of A Level
Entry Requirements

We recommend candidates should have secured a good pass at Music GCSE with a minimum of Grade 5 standard on their first-study instrument or voice.
It is expected that A Level Music students will take part fully in the life of the Music department and involve themselves in choirs, orchestra, chamber ensembles and stage productions as appropriate.

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