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Specification AQA A Level Music (7272)
Contact Mrs S Kitching (Curriculum Leader: Music)
Entry Requirements

Prospective candidates must have a minimum of either:

(i) GCSE Music Grade B or higher or

(ii) Grade 5 or higher in a Practical Examination of the Associated Board (or similar body) plus Grade 5 Theory of Music (or equivalent).

  • The ability to play a keyboard instrument is extremely useful.
  • Knowledge of treble and bass clef is essential.


Skills you will develop during the course:

  • Analytical skills
  • Essay writing
  • Ability to work independently
  • Aural skills
  • Performance skills
  • Understanding of traditional western harmony
  • Score reading

Is this course for me?

The most important thing for anyone wanting to take this course is a passion for and a commitment to music. You will also need an ability to work independently and to a deadline.

Where can it take me?

There are many career options in the music industry including performing in an ensemble or as a session musician, production, studio engineering, music journalism, arts administration, recording and editing, composition and many more.

What do currrent students think?

  • “Studying Music at A Level is inspiring, fascinating and totally involving. The practical aspect makes this subject different from all others, as does the opportunity to immerse yourself in it thoroughly at many levels – taking part in the various school ensembles, composing for them or even running them!”


A Level Qualification Structure:

Component 1: Appraising

40% of total A Level (120 marks)

This Component requires you to develop listening, analytical and essay writing skills. You will study music from a variety of styles to enable you to answer examination questions and write analytically about the music.

There are 7 areas of study which cover a wide range of musical styles. All students study AoS 1 and then select 2 options from the remaining 6.

  1. Western Classical Tradition 1650-1910 (Compulsory)
  2. Pop Music
  3. Music for Media
  4. Music for Theatre
  5. Jazz
  6. Contemporary Traditional Music
  7. Art Music since 1910

This component is assessed through a terminal exam.

Component 2: Performance

35% of total A Level (50 Marks)

Perform at least 10 minutes of music either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble. It is also possible to use Music Production (via technology) for this component. The music performed should be approximately Grade 7 standard or higher.

Component 3: Composition

25% of total A Level (50 Marks)

2 compositions: One free composition in any style and one composed to a brief set by the exam board. The total length for combined compositions should be at least 4 minutes 30 seconds.