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Qualification: Music - A Level
Location: Canterbury College

Music - A Level

This is a course for anyone who is enthusiastic about improving their practical music skills, learning about music from different periods and expressing themselves through music.

The course involves performance, composition and a listening examination. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in a range of ensemble practical work, alongside free instrumental or vocal tuition. The course involves practical use of instruments and voices and students are given the opportunity to listen to a wide range of music. Students will also be able to choose a number of options to suit their strengths and full support is given to teach skills and develop a range of interests in music. Music Technology is used to assist in the learning process, especially in the compositional tasks, where students will learn how to use a software notation program. The Music Department organises trips to music events. Music students can also take the opportunity to pursue a related Extended Project.

COURSE CONTENT

The course consists of three main components:

  1. Performing as a soloist and/or in ensemble; any instrument or voice is acceptable as part of an 8 - minute assessed performance.
  2. Creating two compositions with a combined length of a minimum of 6 minutes. The compositions will be written either to a chosen brief or as a free composition.
  3. Appraising audio containing extracts to accompany questions on a written paper.

PROGRESSION ONTO YEAR 2

Progression to the second year of this A Level course will be dependent on having made satisfactory progress in the first year of the course, including achieving at least an E grade in a formal late spring assessment, as well as the maintenance of a good level of attendance and commitment throughout the year. 

FINAL ASSESSMENT AT END OF YEAR 2

Consists of the performance coursework marked externally, composition coursework marked externally, and the examination marked externally.

MINIMUM ENTRY CRITERIA

For an A Level programme of study, we normally require students to have a range of at least five to seven GCSE passes at grade 4 or higher, ideally including English and Mathematics, but students must also satisfy the minimum entry criteria for A Level Music below.

Grade 4

GCSE English Language or English Literature

AND

 

Grade 5

Theory of Music (or passing a college theory test)

AND

 

Grade 5

Instrument or vocal (or passing a College audition)

Although useful, previous study of music is not essential but students taking this course should be at least Grade 5 standard on an instrument or voice. Students who have not taken a graded exam will be able to perform at an audition. Study of the Theory of Music is essential before starting this course. Students who do not have Grade 5 Theory of Music will take a theory test prior to enrolment to demonstrate that they can read music fluently.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER STUDYING A LEVEL MUSIC?

Music is considered an academic qualification and is therefore accepted for a very large number of courses at universities. It is considered vital for the further study of Music at university. Students who have taken this course are following careers as teachers, performers, composers, music therapists and music producers, but also broader careers such as lawyers and managers.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The college has great facilities for music students, including practice rooms, each containing a piano, and recording studios.

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New Dover Road
Canterbury, Kent
CT1 3AJ

Telephone:
01227 936577