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Music A-Level

Entry requirements

  • GCSE Music at grade 6 or above
  • Grade 6 standard of instrumental playing/singing.

Who is it for?

The WJEC specification allows learners the opportunity to develop skills in the three distinct but related disciplines of performing, composing and appraising. All learners study the Western Classical Tradition, engaging with landmark orchestral or choral repertoire, to develop knowledge and understanding of music. Learners will use the musical techniques and conventions of this tradition to compose one piece of music to a brief. To offer contrast and breadth of study, at AS learners also choose one area of study from a choice of three, either Rock and Pop, or Musical Theatre or Jazz. The areas of study and strands at A2 allow learners to continue their studies from AS in greater depth. Learners choose two further strands of music from a choice of five. There is a distinct Welsh flavor to two of these strands allowing learners to engage with the music of contemporary Welsh composers and performers.

Course Structure

Areas of Study:

  • Area of study A: The Western Classical Tradition
  • Area of study B: Rock and Pop
  • Area of study C: Musical Theatre
  • Area of study D: Jazz


Practical or written work as given in the unit specification.


  1. Performing · Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner Component
  2.  Performing · Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by WJEC Component
  3.  Appraising · Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes (approximately)

University Pathways

  • Music
  • Popular Music
  • Western Art Music
  • Music Composition
  • Music Performance

Apprenticeship Pathways

– Studio assistant/sound assistant

– Assistant recording engineer – A&R (artists and repertoire)

– Music publishing assistant- Radio plugger, Marketing or promotions assistant

– Assistant publicist

Career Opportunities

  • Performing
  • Teaching
  • Composition