Exam Board: WJEC
The A Level in Music is 100% externally assessed, and consists of one written paper and two non-examined assessment components. The course covers a wide variety of musical styles. Candidates can choose whether to specialise in composition or performance.
Component 1: Performing
Assessment overview: Option A: A performance consisting of a minimum of three pieces lasting between 10-12 minutes. 35% of the qualification. Option B: A performance consisting of a minimum of two pieces lasting between 6-8 minutes. 25% of the qualification.
Component 2: Composing
Assessment overview: Option A: Students must produce two compositions, one of which must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical tradition and be in response to a brief set by the exam board.
Component 3: Appraising 40% of the A Level qualification.
Content overview – Students cover three areas of study: Area of study A: The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1900) which includes two set works. A choice of one area of study from: Rock and Pop, Musical Theatre or Jazz and a choice of one area of study from: Into the Twentieth Century including two set works, or Into the Twenty-first Century including two set works.
GCSE Music grade 6 or equivalent. Trinity or ABRSM instrumental or vocal exam to at least Grade 5 standard.
Progression routes and careers:
Possible Career Pathways include: Music therapist, Musician, Private music teacher, Secondary school teacher, Sound technician, broadcasting/film/video, Arts administrator, Broadcast engineer, Community arts worker, Event manager, PPC specialist, Radio broadcast assistant, Radio producer and Theatre stage manager.