Music A Level


A Level Music will extend and develop your ability to communicate through the medium of music. It will do this by developing your musical skills and knowledge, in order to help you to become a more confident and accomplished composer and performer of music. Whilst studying A Level Music you will be encouraged to work creatively and will have the opportunity to both learn about and use/apply music technology for both composition work and performances. 

Music can lead to specific careers in broadcasting, sound engineering, composing, production and arts administration. It also develops communication skills, problem solving ability and creativity which are necessary in many careers. 

Course Outline

Listening and Appraising 

Area of study A: 

The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750– 1900) 

Area of study C: Musical Theatre 

This area of study focuses on the work of six musical theatre composers: Richard Rodgers, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Schwartz. 

Area of study E: Into the Twentieth Century 

This area of study focuses on the distinct musical styles of the early twentieth century, which was a time of change and experimentation in music. 


3 components: Performing, Composing and Listening and Appraising (40%) 

Appraising is assessed by examination. 

Performing and Composing are each worth either 35% or 25% of the overall mark depending on which you chooses to specialise in. 

Performances are examined by a visiting examiner. 

Compositions are marked externally and include one set brief as well as free composition. 


BTEC Level 2 in Music/Performing Arts/Creative media: preferably a merit or distinction or GCSE in Music or Grade 5 performance and theory.