Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader
Edexcel Grade 6 at GCSE, Grade 5 in an instrument
Mr J Devor

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Unit 1

This unit which is worth 30% gives students opportunities to extend their performance skills as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Teachers and students can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a 8-12 minute assessed performance of a balanced programme of music.


Unit 2

This unit which is worth 30% gives students the opportunity to complete one technical study, building on the knowledge and awareness of harmony gained in Unit 3 section C through the medium of pastiche studies. Students must complete a Bach harmony task.


Unit 3

This unit which is worth 40% focuses on listening to music, familiar and unfamiliar, and understanding how it works.
Set works from the anthology provide the focus for much of the unit.



Each Unit in A-Level Music is assessed separately. Unit 1 is assessed by a performance of a balanced programme of music, lasting 8 to 12 minutes. It is assessed internally and externally moderated. Unit 2 is externally assessed and examines students' technical study. Unit 3 is assessed through a 2 hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.


Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations

Music is A level is a highly respected academic qualification. It is accepted as the second A level for virtually all courses in the Russell Group of universities. The exceptions are some chemistry degrees and medicine at Cambridge. It is required for further study in Music.