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Music AS/A2 Level
What will you be learning?

A Level Music tends to be studied by girls with a passion for the subject. Some take the subject to further enhance their own musical interests, though many go on to either read Music at university, or study performing at a conservatoire. All are welcome.

Whilst it is not essential to have studied Music at GCSE, it is becoming increasingly useful. Of far more importance is that all girls taking this subject should be committed to it, and to the school music-making programme.

The course content is split between the disciplines of listening, performing and composing. There is a slightly greater emphasis on the listening and the performing components. The performing component requires pupils to perform regularly throughout the course. Any contributions to any school concert may be assessed and a pupil’s contribution in this way is worth 15% of the entire A Level. It is, therefore, necessary that pupils opting for A Level Music at TWGGS are prepared to join in wholeheartedly with all of the extra-curricular activities that the department puts on. Performances can be either solo or ensemble, although the interpretation of an ensemble performance is left open to the pupil.

The composing component takes on board the skills of composition acquired at GCSE and further develops them with more detailed and technical study. Pupils will learn how to compose in specific idioms and specifically to write harmony in four parts and to understand how to compose 2 part counterpoint.

The listening component also builds on GCSE work. Pupils will develop a firm understanding of the styles and conventions of not only the different periods of classical music but in wider fields of music from popular, jazz and music theatre. A detailed study of selected areas published in an anthology by the board provides a focus for this.

AS EXAMINATION
UNIT 1

Influences on Music - Structured listening questions and 2 essay questions based on 2 areas of study.
UNIT 2
Composing - Candidates respond to one brief from a choice of 3.
UNIT 3
Performing (solo and/or ensemble) - Candidates offer 2 performances, each lasting between 5-8 minutes. Performances should be of at least Grade 5 standard.

A2 EXAMINATION
UNIT 4
Music in Context - Structured listening questions and 2 essay questions based on 2 areas of study.
UNIT 5
Composing - Candidates respond to one brief from a choice of 3.
UNIT 6
Performing - Candidates offer 2 contrasting solo performances lasting 15 minutes.

When? Start date: September.
Duration: 2 years.
How is it delivered? Usually as part of a full-time programme.
Availability: Current and continuing.
Time Slot: Daytime.

Who can do it? Age range: 16 - 19.

What will you be working towards?
Qualification: AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Music (500/2452/8).
Awarding Body: AQA.
Type: A2 Level.
Sector: Performing Arts.

Qualification: AQA Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Music (500/2449/8).
Awarding Body: AQA.
Type: AS Level.
Sector: Performing Arts.

What happens when you have finished?
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Music, which could lead onto higher education to study Music related courses or more general higher education courses.

With further training, you could go into a job related to Music such as a Composing, being a Musician, Sound Technology or you may wish to use your music ability for recreational purposes.

You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will provide you with the skills, understanding and knowledge to access a music related career or seek employment in lots of other industries.

Where Can I Find More Information?
To find out more about this qualification, contact our Admissions Manager at admissions@twggs.kent.sch.uk or by phone on 01892 520902, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.





Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus