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Music

What is Music?

Cardinal Newman has a well-equipped and thriving music department with fantastic facilities and enrichment opportunities. If you are interested in analysing music in a variety of different styles, developing more of an in-depth knowledge of music theory, as well as improving performance skills, then A Level Music could be for you. A great number of our students also gain ABRSM Grade 5 Theory whilst studying with us, which is essential for studying Music at university.

What Will You Study?

COMPONENT 1 – In this unit, you will present at least 10 minutes of performance work across a minimum of three pieces through either solo or ensemble work on your first study instrument. This unit is completed with a recital of performance work presented to a visiting examiner at the end of two years of study.

COMPONENT 2 (25%) – In this unit, you will complete a minimum of 4 minutes worth of composition and technical exercise work across two tasks. You will study a range of music theory and harmony elements, as well as the basics of working to a set musical brief. This unit is completed with a two-piece externally assessed portfolio in May at the end of two years of study.

COMPONENT 3 (40%) – In this unit, you will analyse two Western Classical Tradition orchestral works (1790-1850) in much depth, using a score/theory analysis and historical knowledge. You will also analyse a range of tracks from the Rock & Popular Music repertoire from 1960-2000, as well as two set works from the Twentieth Century. You will develop a range of listening and analysis skills plus essay writing skills across the course. This unit is completed with a written examination in June at the end of two years of study.

What Next?

Many of our students progress onto a Music degree at university with a view to a music related career. In the past, students have secured places on undergraduate courses in Performance Studies and other related courses at prestigious music colleges such as: The Royal Northern College of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music, Leeds College of Music and The Birmingham Conservatoire. Music is a useful subject for a variety of different careers, not just for those wishing to pursue a career in music, and many of our students also go on to study a wide range of other courses at university, such as Business, History, Economics and Chemistry.

Exam Board

Eduqas

Entry Requirements

At least two Bs and three Cs at GCSE, including at least a grade B in GCSE Music (if studied). You will need to have a minimum standard of grade 5 practical or above on your instrument. The ability to read and understand written musical notation in at least two different clefs is absolutely essential.

Course Type

A Level

Breakdown

Practical Exam (Performance): 35%-25%
Written Exam: 40%
Coursework: 25%-35%

Interesting Fact

Former students have supported bands such as The Kooks, Puddle of Mud and Noah & The Whale on tour.

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