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Music A Level is an exciting and challenging A Level which not only further develops the student as a musician but develops the critical thinking and discreet skills that universities highly value in their undergraduates.
Although this A Level can lead to a reading Music at university, that is by no means the only path available and music students from Queen’s have gone on to read subjects as varied as Maths, Engineering and Languages.
Students would usually be expected to have completed GCSE Music but this is not an absolute necessity. However due to the performance part of the course, students should be at least Grade 6 in performance standard when they start the course.
We follow the Edexcel specification for A Level Music. Both the new AS and A2 Music courses feature set works to study as well as performing and composition tasks and have the same division of marks between the sections.
For performing, there are no limits on the instruments or voices and types of repertoire which may be presented in performance, encouraging the study of the widest possible range of music from folk, popular and classical traditions of non-Western origin as well as those of jazz and the Western classical and popular traditions.
Students produce a recital of at least 8 minutes length which accounts for 30% of the total marks for the course. Students also study composition and compositional techniques. They produce an extended composition of at least 4 minutes in length and complete two harmonisation exercises. This accounts for 30 % of the course.
The final exam (and 40% of the course) offers the students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of 18 varied set works which are studied over the two years of the course. As well as applying analysis skills to unknown pieces, this exam also includes a melodic and rhythmic completion exercises.
With a variety of disciplines developed, tasks covered and blend of practical and academic work, A Level Music is an excellent companion A level to a wide variety of other subject choices and is a fascinating and stimulating subject to study in the Sixth Form.
Queen's College offers Music awards and scholarships to musically gifted pupils in the Sixth Form.
As a guideline, most major scholarships are worth approximately 25% of fees and minor scholarships, 10% off fees.
To download the most recent Peripatetic Music Staff list please click here.