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Subject Area: Humanities
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: OCR
Syllabus No:

What do I need to study this course?

We require grade 5 music theory and grade 5 performance, or equivalent ability (by audition). You will need to provide your own instrument and make your own arrangements for instrumental or vocal lessons. You will also need to have GCSE English at grade 4.

What will I study?


Component 1 – Appraising Music

You will be require to listen to and analyse excerpts of music and to write an essay based on the music you have heard.

Component 2 – Performance

A minimum of six minutes of performance as an instrumentalist or vocalist or music production, either as a solo or in an ensemble.

Component 3 – Composition

You will be required to compose two pieces; one to a brief and the other a free composition. A minimum of four and a half minutes of composition in total.


The second year has a similar 3 unit scheme of assessment to the first year.

What next?

In addition to providing essential background for those preparing for a career in music, this course provides a qualification for further study in music (BMus, BA), and also for theatre studies, media studies, religious education, and the teaching profession in general.

Click here to view our A level Music flyer.

Click here to go to this course on UCAS Progress.