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​​​Music A Level


Level                                           3

Qualification                              A Level

Duration                                     2 years 


What will I Study?

Element 1: Performance:  Performance is worth 30%. You will perform a recital lasting a minimum of 8 minutes on any instrument or singing and any style of music is acceptable. Opportunities will be provided to develop your performing skills by taking part in concerts and a full-scale musical in college along with performances in the local community.


Element 2: Composition:  Composition is worth 30%. You will compose two pieces. One must be in response to a brief set by the exam board and the other a free choice piece in any style. The total time for both pieces combined is a minimum of 6 minutes.


Element 3: Appraising:  Appraising is worth 40%. You will study a very varied selection of areas of study set by the exam board.  There are a range of works set by the exam board and there will also be opportunities to study music of your choice to support the study of the set works.  


Areas of Study:

Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions.


Study Visits

Many students are already involved in local bands, choirs and orchestras and are encouraged to continue throughout the course.


There are trips to local concerts and musical events, and students perform regularly in lunch hour concerts at Riverside Café in Rotherham. You will also get the chance to perform in College productions.



Instrumental/Singing lessons are essential in order to achieve your full potential on the course and you will be required to cover the costs of these yourself. We will support you with recommendations for tutors where necessary and we do have a bursary scheme in college which some students may be eligible for.



Component 1: Performance – Non-examined assessment: Externally Assessed.

  • A performance of one or more pieces performed as a recital.


Component 2: Composition – Non-examined assessment: Externally Assessed.

  • Composing two pieces of music.


Component 3: Appraising – Written Examination: 2 hours.


Entry Criteria

Grade 4 GCSE Music / BTEC or Grade V theory or a practical audition.


Useful Supporting Courses

This course links very well with Music Technology, Performing Arts, Film, Media and all other arts subjects. The course is an excellent, broad preparation for further study and careers such as performer, teacher, arts administrator or musical instrument designer/ restorer/repairer.



Professional Musician, Sound Technician, Events Organiser, Broadcast Engineer, Teacher.