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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Music is constantly evolving, inspiring creativity and expression in a way that no other subject can.

A-level Music brings listening, performance and composition to life in new and engaging ways, and links to the world around us like never before.

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessments at the end of the course.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English Language at grade 5 (C/B) and Maths at grade 4 (C).

In addition, you should have GCSE Maths at grade 5 [C/B] or above. 

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a commited attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study.

Course Content

A-level Music focuses on developing and applying musical knowledge, understanding and skills to enable you to form a personal and meaningful relationship with music. You will be encouraged to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of music and musical contexts, and reflect on how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities.

The course aims to develop your own strengths and interests, encourage lifelong learning and provide access to higher education and university degree courses in music and music-related subjects as well as music-related and other careers.

The subject content is divided into three components:

Appraising music

Students will be assessed on their ability to analyse and evaluate the music heard in the exam and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of musical elements and musical language to make critical judgements.

Performance

Each student must select, following discussion with their teacher, the piece or pieces that the student will perform during the assessment. The performance must meet the specified duration of ten minutes.

Composition

Each student must compose two pieces. One composition must be in response to an externally set brief and the other composition is freely composed by the student.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Appraising music

What is assessed:

  • Listening
  • Analysis
  • Contextual understanding

How it is assessed:

  • Exam paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music.

Questions:

  • Section A: Listening (56 marks)
  • Section B: Analysis (34 marks)
  • Section C: Essay (30 marks)

This component is 40% of the A-level marks (120 marks).

Component 2: Performance

What is assessed:

  • Music performance

How it is assessed:

  • Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist or vocalist and/or music production (via technology).

Requirement:

  • A minimum of ten minutes of performance in total is required.

This component is 35% of the A-level marks (50 marks).

Component 3: Composition

What is assessed:

  • Composition

How it is assessed:

  • Composition 1: Composition to a brief (25 marks)
  • Composition 2: Free composition (25 marks)

Requirement:

  • A minimum of four and a half minutes of music in total is required.

This component is worth 25% of the A-level marks (50 marks).

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A specialist list of resources will be supplied.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

The A-level Music course supports progression to higher education in music and related subjects, as well as providing you with a platform to inspire a lifelong interest and enjoyment of music.

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Former Travel and Tourism student Evie Wisniewska was inspired to aim high by her teachers at the Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills College so much so that she is working at managerial level early in her career.
 
Evie, a former pupil at Merrill Academy,came to the UK from Poland with her family when she was 12 and the initial language barrier took its toll on her confidence and self belief. She enrolled on the Travel and Tourism study programme at the Roundhouse and was initially unsure if this was something she wanted to do. 
 
However, her teacher took the time to motivate her to achieve her potential and inspired her to aim for higher education.
 
Evie also embraced the work experience opportunities organised through her College study programme at Jury’s Inn and Alter Rock climbing centre in Derby which gave her a valuable insight into various aspects of the tourism industry.
 
She then progressed onto the University of Derby’s Buxton campus and graduated with a BA Hons First Class Honours degree in International Tourism Management before working at Skills Coaches as the Business Development Officer.
 
Evie is now working as Operations Manager at The Stay Company in the city where she is responsible for the marketing, letting and upkeep of the apart-hotel development of 29 high quality serviced apartments. 
 
“The work experience I gained at both college and university has greatly prepared me for the world of work and to gain a managerial job with wide responsibilities so early in my career.
 
“At The Stay Company I am able to use my creative, financial, analytical and customer service skills in this role and my goal is to progress with The Stay Company as it expands across the East Midlands.”

Derby College gave me the self-belief that I could set my sights high in this industry and I am so grateful for the support I had from my teachers.

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