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AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Music

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Code Mu
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Our music qualification will motivate and stretch students of all abilities, equipping them with the skills and experience to succeed and go on to further study.

Music technology is fully integrated, and many areas of study have artists or composers who have written works in this format. Students can perform and compose using technology.


1 - APPRAISING (examination June 2020 - 40%)

Students will develop their listening skills, analytical skills, contextual understanding and essay writing through the following areas of study:


  Baroque: solo concerti by Purcell, Vivaldi and Bach

  Classical: opera by Mozart

  Romantic: piano repertoire by Chopin, Brahms and Grieg


  Numbers from Musicals including Oklahoma and Miss Saigon

      ART MUSIC SINCE 1910

Works by Shostakovich, Messiaen, Steve Reich and James MacMillan

The exam paper involves listening to excerpts linked to the areas of study. Listening, analysing and contextual understanding are examined, using a range of short and medium answer questions, as well as extended essays.

2 - PERFORMING (recorded March 2020 - 35%)

Progress in performance is monitored and guided regularly as students work towards mastery of a recital programme. Final recitals with be recorded in March of the examination year before being sent to the external examiner.

Any instrument and/or voice

Solo and/or ensemble pieces

Mastery and quality of musical outcome is more important than the ‘grade’ of pieces

3 - COMPOSING (course work – 25%)

Students will develop their understanding of musical elements, especially harmony, in order to compose two substantial pieces of music which must total a combined minimum of at least four and a half minutes.

Composition 1 - to a brief set by the exam board (a Chorale in the style of JS Bach)

Composition 2 – pastiche or free composition

How will it be delivered?

Component 1: Appraising music

What's assessed 



Contextual understanding

How it's assessed

Exam paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music. 


Section A: Listening (56 marks) 

Section B: Analysis (34 marks)

Section C: Essay (30 marks)

This component is 40% of A-level marks (120 marks).

Component 2: Performance

What's assessed 

Music performance 

How it's assessed 

Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist, or vocalist and/or music production (via technology). 


A minimum of ten minutes of performance in total is required. 

This component is 35% of A-level marks (50 marks). 

Non-exam assessment (NEA) will be externally marked by AQA examiners. Work must be completed between 1 March and the specified date given at   

Work must be sent by post/uploaded to AQA by the specified date given at   

Component 3: Composition

What's assessed 


How it's assessed 

Composition 1: Composition to a brief (25 marks) 

Composition 2: Free composition (25 marks)


A minimum of four and a half minutes of music in total is required. 

This component is worth 25% of A-level marks (50 marks). 

NEA will be externally marked by AQA examiners. Work must be completed and sent by post/uploaded to AQA by the specified date given at .

Entry requirements

• GCSE Music grade 6

• Grade 5 Instrumental/voice (or equivalent standard)

• Grade 5 Theory (or equivalent standard)

Your next steps...

Higher Education

University Degree in Music (various specialisms are available) - BMus/BA/Bed

Conservatoire of Music Degree (specialising in Performing or Composing) - BMus

Career Opportunities

Composing and/or Arranging ~ Choral and/or Orchestral Conducting ~Arts Administration ~ Publishing ~ Editing ~ Orchestral Playing ~ Freelance Playing/Singing ~ Recording ~ Production ~ Media ~ Retail ~ Instrument Technology ~ Music Therapy ~ Teaching (primary, secondary, college or university) ~ Peripatetic Instrumental Teaching ~ Area Music Hub


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