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Key Stage 5 Music 

At KS5 we offer WJEC AS and A2 Level Music.  These are two very challenging years of intense learning and exciting opportunities.  In both years students are required to complete two compositions using Sibelius, a software package used in the music industry at all levels.  These compositions are then performed by live musicians.  In the past, our students have had their compositions performed by members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Glyndebourne Opera House.  We often take students on trips into London to the English National Opera, the Barbican and the South Bank, as well as Ronnie Scott’s as we believe that London is our ‘wider’ classroom.

Performance is a great strength of Bishop Thomas Grant School Music.  At A-Level a visiting examiner assesses this aspect of the course.  We are very proud of our advanced performers, and offer our A-Level students half hour lessons with an expert tutor as part of the course.  Students perform solo recitals on their main instrument.

A summary of the course content at AS and A2 is given below:

 

AS

Performing: A solo or ensemble recital (8-10 minutes)

90 marks

Assessed by visiting examiner

 

Composing: Two contrasting compositions.  One demonstrating techniques of the Western Classical Tradition and one free composition.

90 marks

Teacher assessed and externally moderated

 

Appraising: One listening exam in two parts:

Part 1 – 1 hour appraising test based on extracts of music (set works) taken from two areas of study

Part 2 – 1 hour aural perception exam based on unprepared musical extracts

120 marks

External assessment

 

A2

Performing A: A solo or ensemble recital (10-12 minutes) – 90 marks

Or

Performing B: A solo or ensemble recital (16-18 minutes) – 120 marks

Assessed by visiting examiner

 

Composing A: Two contrasting compositions.  One demonstrating techniques of the Western Classical Tradition and one reflecting 20th Century musical techniques – 90 marks

Or

Composing B: Three contrasting compositions.  The two as above plus one free composition – 120 marks

Teacher assessed and externally marked

 

Appraising A: One written exam in two parts

Part 1 - A ¾ hour listening exam based on extracts of unfamiliar 20th/21st century music

Part 2 – A 1 ½ hour listening/written exam based on one set work and related works – 90 marks

Or

Appraising B: The two exams above plus an additional ¾ hour written exam on a second set work – 120 marks

External assessment