Music only makes me stronger.


The A level course (AQA) would suit students wishing to develop their existing skills in the areas of performance, composition and listening and understanding.

The nature of the subject and group sizes encourage a flexible individual teaching approach where tuition can be tailored to suit the particular abilities, strengths and weaknesses of the candidates.

Former students who have followed an Advanced Level Music course have either taken music as a subject at university, conservatoire, have gone on to study music technology/production, or made the most of their specialist abilities in adding a comparatively rare qualification to their CV’s, having left Stokesley School with a sense of real achievement and have found that music opens doors to many social, academic and professional opportunities.

Unit Section Assessment
1 Appraising Music Exam,
Externally Assessed,
Listening, Analysis.

Study a selection of music, to answer exam questions on listening, analysis and including an essay from a chosen area of study,

Unit Section Assessment
2 Performance Non-exam Assessment,
Externally Assessed

10 minutes of continuous performance (solo and/or ensemble).
Any style of music is acceptable.
Any instrument and/or voice can be used.
Grade 5 plus standard

Unit Section Assessment
3 Composition Non-exam Assessment,
Externally Assessed

Minimum 4 and a half minutes over 2 compositions – 1 free brief, 1 set by the exam board from a choice of briefs.

Course requirements

Grade B at GCSE or Distinction at BTEC Music.

What type of student is this course suitable for?

This course will attract students who are interested in continuing their performing, composing and listening skills from GCSE. It is an expectation of the exam board that students are approximately grade 5 plus standard in practical and theory in order to achieve well.

Where could this course take you?

A qualification in music at this level would naturally lead to any higher education qualification and specifically to qualifications for a career in the music industry (e.g. performing, teaching, radio, TV, journalism, tourism, leisure and entertainment, music therapy, retail, music production, publishing and arts administration). Studying A level music heightens the top skills that all employers and university courses require: perseverance, motivation, planning and organisation, initiative, confidence, personality and team work skills.


Contact Miss Hall directly for more information on this course.

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