Contact : Mr M McKenna E: m.mckenna@chartersschool.org.uk
Exam Board & Code : OCR Board  Course : 2 Years to full A level

What is Music A level about?

The new OCR Music A level course is intended to be stimulating and enriching.  Students will study a wide range of Music from Western Art Music through to popular and world music. The A level is split into three main components, analysis and listening, composing and performing, and aims to provide a broad and balanced musical education.

Is this course for me?

The successful music student will have a real passion for music and be a confident and able performer.  They must be self-motivated and have a good knowledge of music theory.  

What else do I need to know?

If you are not already, you will be expected to become involved in the extra-curricular life of the department.  Attendance at Senior Vocal Group and Orchestra (if you play an orchestral instrument) is expected by all students following the AS/A2 courses.

What do other students say?

When I began the Music course in Year 12 it was very much a fourth AS.  I now find myself about to go and study it at Uni! I’ve had to work hard but have enjoyed the two years a huge amount.
Taking Music as an AS in Year 12 looked really impressive on my UCAS application.  As one University lecturer commented at my Maths interview, it showed I had another string to my bow!

Where could it lead?

The Advanced GCE in Music is excellent preparation for higher education courses in music, but is equally valuable for non-specialists as a fourth or fifth option. The AS units alone can offer a broad and satisfying experience for those who want to conclude their musical studies at this point.

How is this course structured?

Unit Content Unit Assessment
Unit 1: Performance

Recital on the pupil's chosen instrument lasting a minimum of 10 minutes. Pieces should be Grade 6 standard.

35% total mark

Unit 2: Composition

Two compositions, one by a brief set by the exam board and one by the learner. Compositions should total a minimum of 4 minutes.

25% total mark

Unit 3: Listening and Appraising

Examination, based on four Areas of Study, which span classical music and jazz. Pupils are tested on their aural skills and knowledge of the AoS.

40% total mark