Ks5 Music (Calderdale 6)

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KS5 Music

This course if offered as part of the Calderdale 6 Collaboration, with this course being offered by The Crossley Heath School.

Description of Course

The new A Level music course covers a wide range of different styles of music. The course is split into three areas:

  • Performing - The Performing Module requires students to perform solo and/or ensemble pieces totalling 8 minutes. Credit is given for difficultly and students entering the course at grade 5 standard or above (whether they have taken exams or not) should be able to do well in this area.
  • Composing - The Composition modules requires students to compose 2 compositions, one of which is either a free compositions, or a composition to a loose brief from the board (a music film piece for example). The other is a piece which will assess a particular technique such as arrangement or harmony).
  • Appraising - The Appraising moudle consists of an end of course exam which consists of 6 Areas of study with 3 sets of works in each. The areas of study are:
  1. Popular music and Jazz
  2. Instumental music
  3. Vocal Music
  4. New Directions
  5. Fusions
  6. Music for stage and screen

Methods of Study

Lessons will be classroom based with students having the opportunity to be involved in practical activities when appropriate. There will be opportunities for students to work in group situations and also to complete long term, self-led coursework projects. When doing compositional work, students will work using Sibelius, Cubase or their instruments. Note reading is a useful skill to have.


Assessment is at the end of Year 13, with performing worth 30%, composing worth 30% and appraising worth 40% of the mark.

Career Applications

Music A level can lead to a variety of careers such as performing, music journalism, teaching, music therapy, composer, music production, music publishing or music software development. It is also an excellent preparation for progression to any musical HE route. Music is an excellent complementary subject for students choosing scientific or humanity subjects and it equips students with a broad range of skills Universities and employers value highly.

Entry Requirements

A grade 6 in GCSE Music is required. Students should be able to perform their instrument to at least grade 5 standard. Other qualifications such as a BTEC distinction in Music may be considered on a case by case basis. In exceptional circumstances, students who can demonstrate considerable music ability may be considered for this course without having studied music at GCSE level.

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