West Lakes Academy - Sixth Form Course Guide

Music AQA A LEVEL Specific entry requirements At least grade 5 in GCSE music or equivalent musical instrument skills  Commitment to performance and composition  A strong interest in making music Content of the course and how the course is assessed? What will you study? Component: Appraising Music – Exam paper which focuses on listening to and analyzing a wide variety of music from the Pop, Rock, Jazz, Theatre, Dance and Classical genres – This is worth 40% of the total marks Component 2: Performance – Study, rehearse and produce a solo or band project as either a musician or sound engineer with a 10 minute performance showcase. Further develop your own musicianship and become a whiz at using music technology – This is worth 35% of the total A-Level marks Component 3: Composition – Compose two composition pieces in a musical style the best suits you. Each piece should be no more than three minutes long, the ideal length for a good piece of music – This is worth 25% of the marks. Is this course for you and where could it take you? The New Specification provides a sound preparation for the study of music in higher education, as well as providing opportunities to develop strengths and interests leading to a career in musical performance, film, dance, theatre, TV, music management, music technician, music technology, teaching and peripatetic. It encourages students to develop a wide range of transferable skills such as critical thinking, research, communication and team-work. Contact Please contact Miss R Chesher chesherr@westlakesmat.org.uk West Lakes Academy - Sixth Form 17