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Music A Level

Course Overview

Music at A Level has three components: Performing, Composing and Appraising (Listening). Taking part in ensemble performances, practising for solo performances, and creating music are integral parts of the course. Students can choose to specialise in either performance or composition in their second year of study.


Course Components

Year 1 Components

  • The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1900)
    • Detailed study f Haydn’s Symphony No. 104
    • General study f Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony No. 4
  • Rock and Pop Music 1960-2000
  • Into the Twentieth Century
    • Impressionism

Year 2 Components

  • The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1900)
  • Rock and Pop Music 1960-2000
  • Into the Twentieth Century
    • Expressionism including Serialism
    • Ne-Classicism
    • Poulenc Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano movement II.

Key Info

Minimum Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including: 

  • GCSE grade 5 in Music
  • Or the ability to perform a grade 4/5 standard piece on your main instrument including voice


  • 40% Exam
  • 60% Coursework
  • Exam Board: Eduqas


Subject Lead

Mrs C Rutter & Miss J Tournay-Godfrey

Why Choose this Course?

In the future, creativity is going to be one of the most important and in-demand skills at work.  Business leaders have voted creativity as the most important workplace skill to help their businesses survive and grow. This means that the study of creative subjects, like Music, is becoming even more important and relevant.  At the same time, you will find many opportunities to develop and improve your personal wellbeing both independently and as part of the school’s wider community.  The word music covers a huge range of styles and genres, and each one of us has our own preferences.  This course recognises this through the study of a broad range of different styles.

Skills You Gain

You will be given opportunities to perform on your own or as a group and enhance your existing performance skills. The Eduqas board is the only specification that uses a visiting examiner, allowing you to develop the art of good communication skills within your performance.  If you already enjoy writing your own music, you can use this to develop your ideas into successful pieces and develop your composing skills.  You will have the opportunity to compose using music software such as Sibelius, Logic and Garageband. Appraisal skills will be developed by listening to a variety of music and analysing what you hear, making connections between different pieces and describing how styles have evolved.

After Northgate

The possibilities are endless! Music will enable you to demonstrate many skills which employers, colleges and universities will be looking for.  It can also give you opportunities to travel, meet people and get the most out of life.

After Northgate, many students continue to study Music at Music College, or Universities. Others have gone on to various universities to read other subjects, for example, Forensic Science, Law, English and Engineering. Some have gone on to have successful careers in the music industry and students have gone on to perform in theatres all over the world as well as the West End.  Others have started careers in composing, performing, music tuition and teaching.

"It's my favourite subject. We are given creative freedom, and it means that I can study something that I am passionate about outside of lessons."

Contact Us

Northgate Sixth Form,
Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 3DL

Tel: 01473 210 123