Skip to content ↓


Course Type


Exam Board


Assessment Type

Exam, Performance and Composition

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade four or above in different subjects including English and Maths. Music GCSE is not necessary, but a high standard of musical competence is required.

Course Overview

Component 1 (Appraising Music)

Western classical tradition 1650 – 1910 (compulsory unit)

Two units of the following:

  • Pop music
  • Music for media
  • Music for theatre
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary traditional music (Art music since 1910)

Component 2 (Performance)

You will perform and record a minimum of 10 minutes of solo and/or ensemble music or music production (via technology)

Component 3 (Composition)

You will compose two pieces lasting a minimum of 4 and a half minutes total duration. Composition 1 will be written to a given brief.

Composition 2 will be a free composition.

Where will it lead?

A Music A-Level will lead you into study for a degree in Music or related courses. You could go into Teaching, Professional Performance, Music Technology related career or Music Marketing.

Glossopdale School & Sixth Form

Glossopdale School, Newshaw Ln, Hadfield, Glossop SK13 2DA