Exam Board: Eduqas    Duration: 2 years    Entry Requirements: Grade 6 (ideally 7) in Music or are a proficient Musician, Grade 4 in GCSE English and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics.

Reasons to study A Level Music

A Level Music is a course that gives you the opportunity to play, create and understand Music to an advanced level. It is designed to reward students who love to perform, enjoy creating their own Music, and who can appreciate different styles of Music.

The Music A Level course develops practical skills in performing and composing alongside a deeper understanding of the history, theory and analytical side of music.

An appreciation for and knowledge of how and why popular and classical music was written will be explored and developed along with the opportunity to listen and study a wide variety of music.

Course Outline

Component 1 Performing:
35% (Coursework)

A performance of a minimum of three pieces.

At least one of these pieces must be as a soloist.

The other pieces may be either as a soloist or as part
of an ensemble or a combination of both.

One piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one area of study. At least one other piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one other, different area of study.

Component 2 Composing:
25% (Coursework – 2 compositions)

Must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by WJEC.

Learners will have a choice of four set briefs, released during the first week of September in the academic year in which the assessment is to be taken.

Free composition.

Component 3: Appraising
The appraising exam is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes and includes a variety of genres to study.

An interest and open-minded approach to all styles of music is necessary.

Area of study:
A: The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of
the Symphony 1750-1900) including two set works.
B: Symphony No. 104 in D major, ‘London’: Haydn
C: Symphony No. 4 in A major, ‘Italian’: Mendelssohn
D: Jazz
E: Into the Twentieth Century including two set works
F: Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano,
Movement II: Poulenc
G: Three Nocturnes, Number 1, Nuages: Debussy

Assessment Outline

60% of the assessment of the course is through coursework, which will be internally assessed by our teachers and externally moderated by the exam board.

40% of the assessment will be 1 listening examination of 2hrs 15 minutes taken at the end of Year 13.

Progression Routes and Career Paths

  • Performer
  • Composer
  • Music Teacher
  • Sound Engineer
  • Music Producer
  • Music Therapist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Music Critic
  • Concert Promoter
  • Studio Manager
  • Technology Specialist
  • Music Archivist

The Romero’s Music Department

A committed team of expert teachers who share their love of their subject with passion.

Teachers who are first class and versatile musicians themselves and who can lead all areas of the course with confidence.

Students at Romero’s study music to develop a lifelong enjoyment and appreciation of music.

We nurture the innate musical potential of all pupils by creating, performing and appraising music both in the classroom and through the diverse extra-curricular programme.

This helps to develop students’ understanding and appreciation of different cultures.

Further Information

For more information or if you have any questions about the A Level Music course please contact:

Mr J Garratt – Subject Leader for Music [email protected]