A-Level

Students studying A-level Music at Stanborough follow the Eduqas syllabus.

The full current syllabus can be found from the Eduqas site here.

Course Summary:

35%/25% Performance:

Performances should be of at least a Grade 6 in year 13 standard where possible.

The difficulty levels booklet for performance can be found here:

GCE_Music_Difficulty_Level_Booklet_2015

Option A: Performing (35%) A performance consisting of a minimum of three pieces. At least one of these pieces must be as a soloist. The other pieces may be either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble or a combination of both. One piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one area of study. At least one other piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one other, different area of study.

Option B: Performing (25%) A performance consisting of a minimum of two pieces either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble or a combination of both.  One piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one area of study.

35%/25% Composition

Option A: Composing (25%) Two compositions, one of which must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by WJEC. Learners will have a choice of four set briefs, released during the first week of September in the academic year in which the assessment is to be taken. The second composition is a free composition.

Option B: Composing (35%) Three compositions, one of which must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by WJEC. Learners will have a choice of four set briefs, released during the first week of September in the academic year in which the assessment is to be taken. The second composition must reflect the musical characteristics of one different area of study (i.e. not the Western Classical Tradition) while the third composition is a free composition.

40% Listening and Appraising Exam

Three areas of study:

Area of study A: The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1900) which includes two set works; one set work for detailed analysis and the other for general study.

 Symphony No. 104 in D major, ‘London’: Haydn  Symphony No. 4 in A major, ‘Italian’: Mendelssohn

A choice of one area of study from:
Area of study B: Rock and Pop
Area of study C: Musical Theatre
Area of study D: Jazz

And finally:
Area of study E: Into the Twentieth Century including two set works:

 Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, Movement II: Poulenc  Three Nocturnes, Number 1, Nuages: Debussy

Question types:
1. Set work analysis with a score
2. Extended responses on wider context
3. Unprepared extracts of music with and without a score
4. Comparison questions
This component includes a listening examination.

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