To study Music at A level you need to be able to read notation to a good standard, be able to play an instrumentto at least grade 5 standard and be a competent composer. During the course you will be required to develop your aural skills, analyse music of various genres spanning works such as Renaissance lute songs through to Oasis, full orchestral scores to film soundtracks and world music. You will also be required to record a solo recital and compose to a given brief.
Both AS and A2 Music follow the same course structure requiring Performance, Composition and Written Exam; A2 requires each strand to be completed at a higher level.
Music A level is a requirement for applications to the six UK Music conservatoires and for most Music degree courses. Music A level expands on the acquired skills and knowledge introduced at GCSE level and provides a firm grounding in the skills required to study Music at University level. A Music degree can assist you to pursue a career in performance as a member of an ensemble such as an orchestra or session work, composing for film and television, or teaching.
B grade in Music at GCSE and Grade 5 standard instrumental skill