Examination Board Edexcel
Many students take Music at AS and A2 level simply because they find it stimulating, challenging and enjoyable and, while some of the skills involved are unique to the subject, others complement their work in other subjects. A-level is strongly recommended for anyone who hopes to pursue a performing course at Music College, and mandatory for those who want to take an academic Music course at university.
Although some students study Music at AS or A2 level without having any prior qualification, it is helpful to have studied Music at GCSE. We recommend that you need to be able to perform to about Grade 6 standard before starting the course. You will also need to be able to write English fluently, to have a “musical ear” (can you do Associated Board aural tests?), and have some experience of composing. Most importantly, you should enjoy a wide range of musical styles, both as a listener and as a participant, and look forward to taking part in a range of musical activities both in and outside School.
A-level Music is an excellent foundation for a range of careers in the Arts which include Performing, Teaching, Musical Research and Journalism, Arts Management and Music Therapy. Music is also unusual in that many professionals in other walks of life are often enthusiastic and highly accomplished amateur musicians and, while many students intend to work in a completely different field, they find that A-level Music gives them the background they need to pursue a life-long interest in playing and listening.