AS & A2 Music

Music

Qualification
AS & A2
Results
A* - B grade: 17% (2018)
Awarding Body
WJEC

Course Overview

Music integrates the three components of performing, composing and appraising through the study of various musical traditions. At AS the Western Classical tradition is explored through the study of orchestral music. Modern musical idioms are also encountered through musical theatre or jazz, rock and pop.
At A2, a study of twentieth century music through a detailed set work provides a broad basis for entrance to university and musical careers.

How is the Course Assessed?

AS Level (year 1)

Unit 1: Performing
An instrumental or vocal performance of at least two pieces at Grade 5 standard lasting 6 to 8 minutes.

Unit 2: Composing
Two compositions lasting at least 2 minutes each. One in the Western Classical Tradition and the other a free composition.


Unit 3: Appraising (written exam)

  1. The Western Classical Tradition with a detailed study of The Symphony 1760-1830 including one set work, Symphony Number 103, Drum Roll, Haydn, Movements 1 and 2.
  2. Rock and Pop 1965-1990.


A2 Level (year 2)

Unit 4: Performing
An instrumental or vocal performance of 2 or 3 pieces at Grade 6.

Option A: 3 pieces, 10-12 min
Option B: 2 pieces, 6-8 min

Unit 5: Composing
Compositions lasting at least 2 minutes each, one in the Western Classical Tradition and the remaining one or two is a free composition.

Option A: 2 pieces
Option B: 3 pieces


Unit 6: Appraising (written exam)

  1. The Western Classical Tradition with a detailed study of The Symphony 1830-1910 including one set work, Symphony Number 1, Brahms, Movement 1.
  2. Popular Music in Wales, Gruff Rhys, Super Furry Animals, The Manic Street Preachers and Kizzy Crawford.

What Next?

A Level in Music is an essential grounding for those who wish to go on to study music at university, and to work as performers, composers, music broadcasters or in arts administration. Having A Level Music demonstrates the ability to perform under pressure, work with others and perform to a high standard.

Specific Entry Requirements

6 GCSEs A* - C including Music grade B, or Grade 5 theory and grade 5 standard instrument/voice.

Additional Costs

It is essential that a student who is following either the AS or A2 music course is engaged in one to one instrumental/vocal tuition. The department has two visiting peripatetic teachers who teach voice and music theory. It is an expectation that students who require a voice teacher or additional theory tuition are expected to take up this opportunity (there is a charge for these lessons).

Cost of theory lessons: £24 for 6 sessions per half term.

Cost of singing lessons: £60 for six sessions per half term.

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