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What will I learn?

Building on the core music education topics of Listening, Composing and Appraising the Eduqas AS and A Level course will broaden your knowledge of music in all its forms. It allows you to investigate, analyse and evaluate music and its features whilst also giving you a strong grounding for further musical study or to help you understand the wider musical world.

Studying music can give you a great mix of social, technical and business skills, which can all help in acquiring the seven skills that define employability; put together in the working towards your future joint report  by the National Union of Students and the Confederate of British Industry.

Not to mention discipline, composure under pressure, time management, communication, team and individual working ability - all gained from practice and performing. You might also learn technical skills through using computers, equipment and software to create and record music.

Further course content:

Component 1: Performing  -  Total duration of performances: 6-8 minutes 

30% of qualification 

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner 

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. 

Component 2: Composing - Total duration of compositions: 4½-7 minutes 

30% of qualification 

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by Eduqas Examiner

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 Eduqas. Learners will have a choice of four 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. 

Component 3: Appraising - Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 

40% of qualification 

Two areas of study: 

Area of study A: The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1830) including a choice of one set work from: Either: Symphony No. 104 in D major, ‘London’, movements 1 and 2: Haydn Or: Symphony No. 4 in A major, ‘Italian’, movements 1 and 2: 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


  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


What can I do next?

An A Level in Music can help you onto further study of Music at University or Music College. However, even if you do not want to study Music the subject complements a range of commonly required A Level subjects like Maths, Physics, English and Biology. These are also known as ‘facilitating subjects’, and selecting a good mix can help keep degree choices wide open with Music being recognised and respected by a large number of universities. 

Music graduates have a wide range of career options available to them both inside and outside the industry, including: performer, teacher, music therapist, administrator, songwriter, conductor, composer, recording engineer, manager, promoter, or music publisher. The range of roles can seem quite endless!

There are also more jobs than ever in music business related areas, and it continues to grow, such as: careers in digital marketing, social media, PR, technology, label services, ticketing and merchandising. It is also common to find music graduates in consultancy, finance, banking, music therapy and legal jobs.



 A Level
 1-2 Years
Eduqas Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Music, Eduqas Advanced Level GCE in Music
Entry Requirements:
6 GCSEs graded 5 and above including English and Mathematics. These should also include a grade 5 or above in Music or, alternatively, a Grade 5 or Higher Theory Qualification from the ABRSM or similar., You should also be a strong musical performer to grade 4 standard or above.

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