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A Level Music


Course Summary:

  • Performing (35/25%), Composing (25/35%) and Appraising (40%)​ - you choose whether you would like to specialise in more composing or performing
  • Need to have studied GCSE Music or have been active in all three areas​
  • Grade 5 Theory Knowledge required – or willingness to achieve this level quickly in Year 12​
  • Performance level of Grade 7/8 by end of course is required​
  • Free individual instrumental lessons will be taught in-house by our music team
  • A challenging yet highly rewarding A-Level course at a music specialist college

Performing: 35%/25% of the qualification-

  • A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital.
  • ​Externally assessed by a visiting examiner in Year 13 (March-May)- one or more pieces​
  • Can be solo and/or ensemble​
  • Minimum performance time 6 minutes (25%) or 10 minutes (35%)​

Composing: 35%/25% of the qualification-

  • Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by Eduqas and one either free Composition or also to a brief.
  • One is ‘free’ composition or to a suggested brief​

  • One is to a brief set by Eduqas​

  • Can use Logic Pro X, Live Instruments and/or Sibelius software​

  • Minimum combined length 4 minutes (25%) or 8 minutes (35%)

Appraising: Written examination at the end of Year 13 - 40% of the qualification

  • Three Areas of Study – Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1900); one area of study from Rock and Pop, Musical Theatre or Jazz; and one area of study from Into the Twentieth Century or Into the Twenty-first Century ​

  • Each Area of Study has 3 set works which can be a single piece of music or an album/larger work​

  • Final Exam is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes​

  • Mixture of listening to familiar music, Melodic and Rhythmic dictation, unfamiliar listening, extended responses​


Why study A-Level Music?

  • Opportunity to explore music in greater depth than GCSE​

  • Develop into a more confident and skilled performer, leading to your final recital​

  • Be able to compose more advanced music including to a set technical brief​

  • Preparation for a lifelong love of music, further study or future employment as a well-respected qualification in any field ​

  • Develops skill in deliberate practice, resilience, creativity, problem solving and teamwork​



The Music Department runs a large number of different ensembles and organizes a huge number of events to cater for a variety of musical interests.

Core Ensembles

  • String Orchestra
  • Symphonic Wind Band
  • Senior Choir
  • Vocal Consort
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Intermediate Choir
  • Intermediate Orchestra
  • Swing Band

Small Ensembles

  • Barbershop Quartet
  • Clarinet & Flute Ensembles
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Percussion Group
  • String Quartet

Events and Activities

  • GLA Service of remembrance at City Hall
  • Christmas Concert at Goldsmiths College
  • Carol Service in Southwark Cathedral
  • Spring & Summer Concerts
  • School Musical Production
  • Visits to concerts and workshops in London
  • National Festival of Music for Youth Tours abroad (Barcelona in 2016)
Please contact Mr Taing, Head of Music 2iC, with any questions.