5 GCSEs at grades A* to C or equivalent, including at least a grade B in GCSE Music. Students need to be the equivalent of Grade 5 on their instrument and it is desirable for students to have completed or be working towards grade 5 theory.
The course follows the OCR specification which contains:
AS level (Year 12)
Unit G351: Performing Music
OCR-assessed Practical Examination (visiting examiner)
You are required to perform a solo (on any instrument or voice) a programme of pieces which demonstrate representative features of the repertoire for the instrument or voice presented. If it is appropriate to the repertoire being performed, you may improvise.
The programme should last no longer than eight minutes.
You need to be able to demonstrate:
secure knowledge of the music and fluency in its performance;
technical control across a range of techniques;
understanding of relevant performance markings and/or performing conventions; and
aural and stylistic understanding.
Unit G352: Composing
Section A: The Language of Western Tonal Harmony
Candidates should submit a set of seven exercises: six completed during the course and one completed under centre supervision towards the end of the course.
Section B Instrumental Composition or Arrangement
A composition or arrangement for between four and ten instruments lasting no more than three minutes.
The composition must be submitted as a full score together with a recording.
Unit G353: Introduction to Historical Study in Music 90 marks
Timed Examination Paper (1 hour 45 minutes + 15 minutes preparation time)
Section A Aural Extract: one of
Section B Prescribed Works: two extracts
Section C Contextual Study: one question from three 20 marks
A2 Level (Year 13)
Studying music at A-Level gives you the power to engage with music more deeply as a performer, composer and listener. There are many courses available at universities and conservatoires, from which music graduates enter a hugely diverse range of professions both in and out of the world of music and the creative arts. Although A-Level music involves a lot of creative work (around 60%), the theoretical study of music history and theory is sufficiently rigorous that it is accepted as a serious academic subject for entry to most university courses.