|Key Stage||Title||Department||Level||Exam Board|
|KS5||A-level Music||Performing Arts||A-level (17/18)||EDEXCEL|
Instrumental/vocal performance standard equivalent to post-Grade 5 and at least a basic knowledge of notation at beginning of the course.
Students do not need to have taken the subject at GCSE (although it does help) but do need to have an active interest in contrasting musical styles. The course includes studying a selection of music from 1600 to present day in variety of genres, two set works from each of - Vocal Music, Film Music, Fusion, Instrumental Music, Pop & Jazz, New Directions. Students will also develop higher level composing skills in a variety of mediums and as well as their broadening their overall knowledge and understanding of the development of musical styles.
Students are also expected to take an active role in the busy life of the school, further enhancing their appreciation of music and gaining responsibility. The internationally renowned Wind and Swing Bands give regular performances throughout the region as well as touring abroad. There are a lot of smaller ensembles which allow senior students to hone their skills and responsibilities in a wider variety of performing contexts, including the student-run Jazz Combo and primary instrumental teaching which provides paid, freelance experiences to those involved.
AS units in Year 12 % of AS
Unit 1: Performance (coursework) 30%
Total solo performance time of 6 minutes. Marked out of 48 with an additional 12 marks for difficulty (8 for Grade 6; +4 for Grade 7)
Unit 2: Composing (coursework) 30%
2 compositions, each at least 2 minutes long. One set to a brief (1 of 6), the other either ‘free’ or to another brief
Unit 3: Set Works & Listening (2 hour exam) 40%
Listening and written exam based on the 12 Set Works studied where students are required to demonstrate and apply their musical knowledge as well as using their analytical and appraisal skills to make evaluative and critical judgements about music.
Music is a highly regarded academic subject and whether you take it with a view to a career in music or as an additional A level subject, it is held in high esteem by universities and other institutions of higher education. Most people, however, study Music because they love it and you will have plenty of practical opportunities to develop your talents.
Mr Fay c/o Mrs A Herman (Headteacher's PA)
Ulverston Victoria High School
Springfield Road, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0EB
Tel: 01229 483900