Music AS Level (Year 1 of 2 Year course) - 9703



This subject is equivalent to a subject on the ‘approved list’ for University Entrance.

Recommended Background:

Students should have completed Music IGCSE or Music NCEA Level 1 to a satisfactory standard and have a high level of performance ability on their musical instrument. Students taking AS Music must be attending lessons from an experienced music teacher. Students need a minimum of Grade 4 Theory (or equivalent). This is a 15 month course with exams in May/June of the second year of study. Student are expected to continue on to A Level Music on completion of AS Music. Note: Students who do not meet all the recommended background criteria above may still be able to take AS Music with approval from the Head of Department (this will include a short audition).

Course Description:

The aim of this course is to provide opportunities for candidates to develop a range of skills, knowledge and understanding in music, embracing creative, interpretative, historical and analytical aspects of the subject. Students develop their ability to critically analyse musical works and choose a supporting programme of practical musicianship that can include; solo performance, group performance, second instrument performance, accompanying, improvisation and composition. AS Music (9703) leads to A2 Music - students complete this course over 15 months with examinations held in May/June of the second year.


Component 1 Listening External Compulsory Weighting: 50%
Component 2 Practical Musicianship Internal Compulsory Weighting: 50%