Music - A-level

  • Level: A-level
  • Awarding Body: EDUQAS
  • Other Courses of Interest: Music Technology

We are delighted to announce that we are now offering free Stepping Stone to A-level Music evening classes with specialist tutors from Norfolk Music Hub.

These classes will provide students with the opportunity to top-up their music qualifcations so they are ready to take the next step on their musical journey. Learn more and register today.

This course includes all the different aspects of Music including performance, composition, listening and appraising.

It focuses on a student’s strengths of either performance or composition.

This course is especially suitable if students want to go on to Higher Education to do a Music degree.

AS:

  • Unit 1 – 30% - Performing (performance to visiting examiner)
  • Unit 2 – 30% - Composing (coursework)
  • Unit 3 – 40% – Appraising (written exam)

A-level:

  • Unit 1 – 35% - Performing (or 25% - see above) (performance to visiting examiner)
  • Unit 2 – 25% Composition (or 35% - see above)(coursework)
  • Unit 3 – 40% Appraising (written exam)

Grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language and Grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths. Grade B at GCSE or grade 5 (ABRSM, Rock School or Trinity) in performance if GCSE Music has not been taken.

Average GCSE Scores

Please note that for some of our courses, we require a minimum average GCSE score.
We use average GCSE scores to ensure our students enrol on courses where they have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

- - 9
A* - 8
A - 7
B - 6
C - 5
D - 4
E - 3
F - 2
G - 1

How to work out your average GCSE Score
To calculate your score, take your best eight GCSE qualifications which must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. To work out each point score, add them all together and then divide the total by eight.

BTEC Firsts, CiDA, DiDA, Functional Skills Level 1/2, GCSE Short Courses, OCR Vocational & ECDL qualifications are not counted towards Average GCSE Scores however we do take them into consideration when assessing overall academic achievement and your suitability for BTEC and other vocational courses. 

There may be other requirements you need to meet, in order to enter EN on the desired programme you wish to study. If at any time you have any questions or queries please e-mail admissions@eastnorfolk.ac.uk. We will be happy to advise you further.

EN reserves the right to change our Entry Requirements to match the needs of our students.

For AS Music (one year course)

With Performing there are a minimum of 2 pieces which last for 6-8 minutes in total.  Can be solo or ensemble.  Standard of at least grade 5. Performance to a visiting examiner.

With Composing, the students write 2 compositions, one according to a brief and one free composition. They must be 4 and ½ to 7 minutes long in total.

With Appraising, this is assessed in the form of a written exam which is 1 and ½ hours long. Students have to study 2 movements from Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ symphony.  In addition they have to study a set topic and can choose from Rock and Pop, Musical Theatre or Jazz.  There is also a Listening section to the exam paper which includes unseen pieces which are related to the set works.

For A level Music (two year course)

With Performing, students can major in Performance (option A) and can opt to have it weighted at 35% (they can also opt to have it at 25% if they choose to major in Composition – option B).  If they choose option A then the recital needs to be 10-12 minutes long, a minimum of 3 pieces and grade 6+ in standard.  If they choose performance as the minor (option B worth 25%) then the recital needs to be 6-8 minutes long. Performance to a visiting examiner. With Composition, students can major in composition (option B) and can opt to have it weighted at 35% (they can also opt to have it at 25% if they choose to major in Performance – option A).  If they choose option B then they would need to write 3 compositions lasting 8 – 10 minutes. If they choose performance as the minor (option A worth 25%) then the 3 compositions need to be 4 – 6 minutes in total.

With Appraising, this is assessed in the form of a written exam which is 2 and a ¼ hours long. Students have to study all 4 movements from Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ symphony. They also have to study 2 pieces from the early Twentieth Century by Poulenc and Debussy.  In addition they have to study a set topic which will be the same as the one studied in AS but will be extended. There is also a Listening section to the exam paper which includes unseen pieces which are related to the set works.

This course is especially suitable if students want to go on to Higher Education to do a Music degree or to be accepted on any other degree course. After a Music degree there are careers in education (primary and secondary), instrumental teaching, performance, music therapy and arts administration possible. It is also valued as an academic degree at all Russell Group universities.

Inspirational Links

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/music

http://blog.mymusictheory.com/2011/so-you-want-to-study-music-at-university/