Students are provided with opportunities to develop their musical appreciation and understanding through listening, composing and performing. Through these areas, they will develop their aural perception skills and their appreciation of and participation in music.
Students will develop an in-depth understanding of music primarily of a Western Classical nature, but will also explore Jazz, Rock, Pop and a range of 20th and 21st Century styles.
As approximately 30% of the AS and 30% of the A level coursework marks are gained through instrumental performance, students are expected to attend instrumental lessons outside of the teaching and learning they receive as part of the AS/A level course. Students will be expected to pay for their own instrumental music tuition.
40% of the AS and 30% of the A level course marks are gained through listening and appraising so this will inform much of the teaching that takes place in lessons. 10% of the marks in the A level course are obtained by students choosing to specialize in either further listening, composing or performing work. Students can also take AS Level Communications and Culture and undertake an Extended Project to enhance their studies.
Students who are successful at AS level may wish to complete an additional year to achieve the A level qualification, from which higher study perhaps at degree level in this or a related area is a possibility. As part of a wider programme the course provides an excellent basis for progression to any career or university course. Music will support a career in any field due to the wide range of skills developed.