Why should I study this subject?

You should study music if you enjoy performing and composing. in addition, you should be able to read music.

This is an excellent course for students with a passion for music, and for those who wish to study the subject at university.

What will I study?


Year 12

Listening and appraising – studying Western Classical Music 1650-1910

Performing skills

Composing skills


Year 13

Listening and appraising – studying two (teacher choice) topics from:

Pop music
Music for media
Music for theatre
Art music since 1910 and Contemporary traditional music

• Performing for ten minutes. standard required by the end of year 13 will be grade 7.

• Composing to a set brief and a free brief

• Performance is worth 35% and composition is worth 25% of the total marks. The written exam is 40% of the quali cation.

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

What skills do I need?

Ability to read music fluently. To be able to work independently on coursework.

How will I be taught?

3 lessons a week, with free tuition on one instrument for 30 mins per week from a specialist teacher.

How will I be assessed?

Appraising – 40%

Performing – 35%

Composing – 25%

What will the course prepare me for?

Music A-Level supports progression to higher education in music and related subjects. It gives you a platform for a lifelong interest and enjoyment in music.

How much private study should I expect to do?

You will get up to 4 hours of homework each week, including working on subject specific software to complete composition tasks and performance rehearsal.

What materials will I need to purchase?

A pair of good quality headphones. Music for your performance recital.

What is the exam board?


This subject is for you if…
you enjoy performing and creating music.

This subject is not for you if
you don’t like analysing music of all styles and if you cannot read music.