Cheslyn Hay Academy, Saredon Road, Cheslyn Hay, WS6 7JQ
Part of Windsor Academy Trust
a alevel music

Music A Level

To encourage learners to be creative and to broaden their musical horizons and understanding with Areas of Study that inspire and challenge.  We enable learners to explore performance and composition with a focus on their own instrument and genre choices and offer opportunities to explore new instrumental skills.

This course provides a contemporary, creative and accessible education in music. It has an integrated approach to the three main elements allowing you to broaden your musical horizons. You should take this course if you have a desire to continue to improve your performance, composition and appraising skills and want to explore these through various genres, styles and eras. This course is designed to appeal and cater for a wide range of interests, instruments, personalities and directions.

You will 

  • Actively engage in the process of music making
  • Develop performance skills to demonstrate an understanding of musical elements, style and expression
  • Develop composing skills to demonstrate the manipulation of musical ideas, devices and conventions
  • Broaden your musical experiences
  • Develop as effective, independent learners
  • Reflect critically on your own and others’ music
  • Engage with and extend your appreciation of a diverse collection of music
  • Develop your understanding of a variety of instruments and styles
  • Appraise contrasting genres, styles and musical traditions

This course is useful if you are considering a career in:

  • Performer
  • Songwriter
  • Composer
  • Teacher
  • Music Therapy
  • Technical roles in Music and Theatre

For learners who wish to study an aspect of music in higher education, opportunities include: University to study BA and BMus qualifications and Apprenticeships in the music industry

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

This course comprises units of work relating to performance composition and listening and appraising. This will include a recital and written exam. Students will study 4 areas of study from different styles and eras.

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above; including English and/or Maths.
  • National data suggests successful students will have achieved an average points score of 4.0 or more.
  • A grade 6 or above in GCSE music