MusicQRThe Course

Music is an art; music is a science; music is a social skill; the study of music aids the intellectual and emotional development of the whole person. A level music enables students to build on established musical strengths and interests and to foster a greater understanding of music over a broad timescale. The disciplines involved in the study of this subject at A level provide a firm foundation for candidates to choose a path best suited to their needs. This could be within the music industry, academic study or for interest. It will give them a life-long enjoyment and understanding of music as a listener or performer, at any level. An A level in music also enables access to most other courses (both arts and sciences) in higher education and employment.

You will study a wide range of music in its historical and cultural contexts; musical interpretation and instrumental techniques in relation to performing. You will also learn the elements of melody, harmony and counterpoint within a variety of traditional styles and the ways in which these can be applied to your own original compositions.


Unit 1 - Appraising Music - listening, analysis and contextual understanding paper – 40%
Unit 2 - Performing - You will create a 10 minute solo and/or ensemble performance as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist – 35%
Unit 3 - Advanced Composition. You will compose 2 pieces, lasting a minimum of four and a half minutes in total: one to a brief provided by the exam board, and one as a free composition - 25%

Entry Requirements

GCSE Music grade 6 and play an instrument to at least grade 6 standard by the end of the A level.
Without GCSE Music, you must be at least grade 6 standard on an instrument at the start of the course and have a very good knowledge of music theory.
It is essential that all candidates are able to a) read and write music with ease before they begin the course b) play a musical instrument.

Careers & Higher Education

Study music at university or in a conservatoire.
Possible careers include performer, composer, instrumentalist, sound engineer, music therapist or a music teacher to name but a few.

Further Advice & Information

Don’t be daunted by the above specification! Please come and have a chat with us.

Ms Warwick and Mr Bond.


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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
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