Performing Arts Course - A/AS Level Music

A/AS Level Music

Performing Arts Courses

A programme designed for students who already have an understanding of the rudiments of music and possess skills in performing on voice or instrument. The syllabus covers the study of a range of musical styles, knowledge of which will be assessed in an aural examination, using musical extracts. Candidates will also have to submit compositions as part of a coursework portfolio and give a practical performance, singing or playing works in contrasting styles at an appropriate level (grade 5 music examinations) on voice or instrument.

AS Specification

MU1 - Performing (assessed by visiting examiner: 30%) MU2 - Composing (internally assessed: 30%) MU3 - Appraising (examination: 40% )

A2 Specification

MU4 - Performing (assessed by visiting examiner: 30 - 40%) MU5 - Composing (internally assessed: 30 - 40%) MU6 - Appraising (examination: 30 - 40%) Candidates to choose 2 units at 30% and 1 unit at 40%

Career Prospects

Successful completion of the programme gives access to universities or specialist music colleges and can be useful in Education, Theatre, Television, Media and Communication.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths or English/Welsh. A good grade in GCSE music is normally required, as well as evidence of practical proficiency.


A mixture of internally assessed, externally moderated and externally examined units.

Length of Course

Two Years

Examining Board




Contact Details

Carolyn Davies: Subject Leader for Music 
Tel: 01639 648323
Email: [email protected]