Type of Qualification: A Level  

Exam BoardEdexcel 

Additional Entry Requirements6 in Music or Associated Board Theory and Practical Grade 5 

Why study Music 

Anyone who is interested or who enjoys performing, composing and listening to music. This course is also essential for those who are considering pursuing further studies in music at university. 

Course Content 

Performing (30%): You are expected to perform for at least eight minutes in front of your teachers, who will record your performance. These eight minutes can be you performing on a mixture of instruments/voice and as a soloist, in a group or both. You can rerecord your performance if it all goes wrong (but you have to do all 8 minutes in one continuous take). The standard you are expected to be at is roughly Grade 7.  

Composing (30%): You will write one free choice composition (worth 20%) and one chorale in the style of JS Bach (worth 10%).  

Appraising (40%): Just like GCSE, you will study a selection of 18 set works across a variety of styles. These will then be examined through a mixture of listening questions and essay questions. In this written paper, you will also complete a harmony exercise. 


  • Performing – recorded any time over the second year  
  • Composing – supervised coursework 
  • Introduction to Historical Studies – exam 

Careers in Music 

Careers associated with performing and composing, teaching (primary, secondary and peripatetic), sound production, music therapy, media and theatre studies.