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A level Music is a pre-requisite for any degree-level Music course, however many able musicians choose to study A level Music to utilise their performing skills as part of their A level studies. Since the skills learned throughout the course are transferable to any other academic discipline, Music A level can make a very suitable and enjoyable option alongside Arts, Humanities or Science subjects.

The A level course is suitable for students who:
  • Have achieved 7 or higher for GCSE Music (students who have not studied GCSE Music may also be considered if they have passed Grade V Music Theory and have a broad practical experience of performing and composing music)
  • Have achieved Grade V or higher on at least one instrument
  • Have a keen interest in performing, composing and analysing music in a range of different styles

A level

The Eduqas specification provides learners with the opportunity to study music in an integrated way where the skills of performing, composing and appraising reinforce knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language. In addition to the appraising examination, all learners will be assessed in both performing and composing. However, the specification allows learners to specialise in either performing or composing by providing two options for Components 1 and 2. Learners must choose either Option A in both Components 1 and 2 or Option B in both Components 1 and 2. All learners must study Component 3.

  • Option A allows learners to specialise in Performing: 35% of Component 1 will be allocated to performing and 25% of Component 2 will be allocated to composing.
  • Option B allows learners to specialise in Composing: 35% of Component 2 will be allocated to composing and 25% of Component 1 will be allocated to performing.

Component 3: Appraising (40% – Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes)
Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of music through three areas of study from the choices below.

  • The Western Classical Tradition
  • Rock and Pop, or Musical Theatre, or Jazz
  • Into the Twentieth Century