Music A-level




Music A-level

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Subject leader

Mr A Koeditz

Biology A Level

About the subject

Year 12 Overview (old Spec)

‘It’s not just that music is everywhere, but that all music is everywhere.’

- Simon Frith, University of Edinburgh, 2003


Music is an increasingly potent agent in the modern world. It is no-longer restricted to audiences in concert halls or listeners on the radio, but surrounds us and influences us in many ways we are not even aware of. The study of music enables us to gain an insight to the ways in which music can induce excitement, happiness, calm, romance, fear, anger and even control in people’s daily lives. Furthermore, the opportunity to develop advanced skills as a performer and composer can provide a unique and creative tool for self-expression and communication, building on this understanding.


A-level music is essential for students wishing to study music at university, and is highly relevant for any career in the creative industries. However, it is also highly respected more generally as a qualification which combines academic rigour with practical skill. It can develop transferrable skills such as analysis, creative thought, and independent learning which are relevant to any career. Many students of A-level music go on to study other subjects at university, such as architecture, law, medicine, or economics.

The AS Music course provides pupils with an introduction to advanced music theory, performance, and composition. Pupils study a total of eight set works which change every year. These set works come from a range of musical periods and styles, with four vocal works and four instrumental works. Pupils will record one solo recital on their instrument, write one composition using advanced compositional techniques, and sit one listening examination based on the eight set works they have studied. For the composition and performance coursework, pupils may choose any style of music. Lessons are largely integrated, developing pupils understanding of the set works through composing and performing, and improving pupils’ performing and composing ability through the study of the set works. The minimum standard of performances is equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5. The AS Music course is designed to stand as an independent qualification as well as prepare pupils for the higher demands of A2 Music.

Year 13 Overview (old Spec)

In A2 Music, pupils are able to build on their understanding of advanced musical techniques by writing a more advanced composition, preparing an extended solo recital and studying a further twelve set works. The minimum expected standard of performance for A2 level recitals is equivalent to ABRSM Grade 7. The set works at A2 level fall under the two categories of Applied Music and Instrumental Music.

Exam board used for A Level or BTEC

Robert Clack School Music Department uses the Edexcel A-level Music specification as it provides pupils with a balanced and varied introduction to advanced musical study.


The AS course code is: 8MU01

The A2 course code is: 9MU01


Link to the specification from the exam board

(A) Lower Site

Green Lane Lower Site




Tel: 02082704222

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(B) Upper Site

Gosfield Road Upper Site




Tel: 020 8270 4200

Fax: 020 8270 4210