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Music AS/A Level

The Music syllabus followed and outlined below is Edexcel.

> Component 1: Performing

One or more pieces of music performed either as a soloist or in an ensemble as a recital lasting not less than 6 minutes at AS level  and 10 minutes at A level . The recital must take place between 1st March – 15th May in the year of qualification.

> Component 2: Composing

AS level  – Students will produce two compositions that last, in total, a minimum of four and a half to a maximum of six minutes. Composition 1 will be in response to a given brief set by Edexcel, whilst the 2nd composition will have no set brief.

A level  – Students will produce one composition that lasts a minimum of four minutes. The composition will be in response to a given brief set by Edexcel. Students will also produce a short composition lasting at least one minute based on set compositional techniques. This will take the form of an exam task to be completed in school which will last between four and six hours and split up as required by the student.

> Component 3: Appraising

Students will take a listening and written musical analysis exam lasting one and a half hours at AS level  and two hours at A level. The pieces of music studied will come from Edexcel’s Music Anthology which covers musical development from 1650 through to the present day. Unfamiliar pieces of music heard in the exam will be in the styles of the six areas of study.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade 5 and above is preferable and should include Music.

Examination arrangements and weightings

> Component 1 30%

Recital performed in the examination year.

> Component 2 30%

AS – Coursework

A level – Coursework and exam with keyboard and computer software if required.

> Component 3 40%

One and a half or two hour written exam with listening questions – use of C.D. for the exam.

Recommended support materials and revision guides

For both the AS and A2 parts of the course students will use Edexcel Student Guides specifically written for this syllabus.


What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

Jobs in the Music profession include working in the theatre, TV, film Industry, recording studios, music performing, music research, and music therapy. It is an excellent qualification to have if you intend to work with children or need to develop the selfdiscipline that is required when preparing for a performance in careers such as law.

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