Examination Board: WJEC Eduqas

Head of Department: Mr David Godfree

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Why Study Music?

A level Music is aimed at students who wish to (i) develop their skills and understanding of music, (ii) study music or a combined arts subject in higher education and pursue a vocation in music and/or the arts or (iii) who wish to broaden their experience and deepen their understanding of both live and recorded music as part of lifelong learning. This course can lead to the study for a BMus or BA in Music or a combined arts course. Students who are particularly gifted instrumentalists or singers (Grade 8+) could apply for a performing course at one of the conservatoires of music such as The Royal Academy of Music or The Guildhall School of Music.

Course Details – WJEC Eduqas (further information can be found on the examination board website at

The course will broadly consist of the following components.

Appraising music (40%) - The examination will test students’ listening skills, analysis skills and their contextual understanding of music they have studied. ALL students will be required to study works/scores from the Western classical tradition, (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1900) which includes two set works. Students will also study music from TWO further Areas of Study selected from: (i) Rock and Pop; (ii) Musical Theatre; (iii) Jazz and Into the Twentieth Century which will include two further set works. Students will be required to listen attentively to unfamiliar music from all the named artists/composers in their selected areas of study to identify and accurately describe musical elements and use musical language (including staff notation).

Performance (35%) - Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist or vocalist. A minimum of ten minutes of performance in total is required (no more than twelve minutes). This component is externally marked.

Composition (25%) - Composition 1: Composition to a brief set by the exam board. Composition 2: Free composition. The combined submission must total a minimum of four and a half minutes and must not exceed six minutes. This component is externally marked.


Entry Requirements

Students are required to achieve at least a Grade B at GCSE level Music. Students should be able to read music notation fluently (both treble and bass clefs). All students wishing to undertake this course will be required to undertake a music notation test and are expected to have achieved a level of performing on one instrument/ voice to a standard equivalent to a good pass at ABRSM Grade 4 and should be working towards playing Grade 5 repertoire.



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