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Introduction to Music


QUALIFICATION: OCR AS/A-LEVEL MUSIC

If you are interested in analysing music from a variety of different styles, developing more of an in-depth knowledge of music theory, as well as improving performance skills, then A-Level Music could be for you.

The course provides a contemporary, accessible and creative education in Music with an integrated approach to the three main elements – Performing, Composing and Appraising.

Students are encouraged to be creative and to broaden their musical horizons and understanding with new areas of study that inspire and challenge.

Through the areas of study they will explore musical context, musical language and performance and composition skills.


Teaching & Assessment


Year 12
Unit 1: Performance
Assessed: Non-exam assessment, 75 marks, 30% of AS Level
Unit 2: Composition
Assessed: Non-exam assessment, 75 marks, 30% of AS Level
Unit 3: Listening
Assessed: Written exam, 2 hours, 100 marks, 40% of AS Level

Year 13
Unit 1: Performance
Performance A: Non-exam assessment, 75 marks, 25% of A-Level or
Performance B: Non-exam assessment, 105 marks, 35% of A-Level
Unit 2: Composition
Composition A: Non-exam assessment, 105 marks, 35% of A-Level or
Composition B: Non-exam assessment, 75 marks, 25% of A-Level
Unit 3: Listening
Assessed: Written exam, 2.5 hours, 120 marks, 40% of A-Level


Vocational Progression


Most students go on to read Music at a University or train to be a professional performer. Music A-Level is also a useful academic course for entry to degree courses and can be studied alongside other subjects in a joint honours programme. Options such as Dance, Media, English Literature, Foreign languages and Drama are commonly paired with Music, but there are numerous options at different universities.


Course Structure


Year 12


• Recital: Solo, Ensemble and Realisation (Music Technology)
• Compositions
• Listening and Appraising


Year 13


• Recital: Solo, Ensemble and Realisation (Music Technology)
• Compositions
• Listening and Appraising