​​​​Music is a powerful and versatile art form that has the ability to move and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds. By studying Edexcel A Level music, you will have the opportunity to delve into the world of music and develop a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of its many elements. From the study of classical masterpieces and contemporary compositions, to the creation of your own music, the Edexcel A Level music syllabus is designed to challenge and stimulate you to explore the full range of music's potential. Whether you aspire to a career in music or simply want to deepen your appreciation of this wonderful art form, Edexcel A Level music is the ideal course for you. You will develop your musical skills and knowledge, refine your critical and analytical abilities, and gain a rich and diverse musical education that will enrich​ your life in countless ways.​ Our A level curriculum is superbly supported by the opportunity to participate in a wide range of co-curricular musical ensembles, as well as providing enrichment through regular trips and workshops. Our A Level students perform regularly throughout the year both in the school and the wider community.  They will also act as mentors and role models for students further down the school.  Students studying A level music will have full access to two fully equipped music ICT suites as well as a dedicated recording studio.



​Course Breakdown 

Performing (30%)

An 8 minute recital, which can include solo and ensemble works

Composition (30%)

One composition of 4m and two chorale harmonisations

Appraising Exam (40%)

You will study 13 set works which will be examined in a 120 minute written examination (see below for pieces).​​

Vocal Music

​J.S.Bach - Cantata, Ein feste Burg

Vaughan Williams - On Wenlock Edge


Instrumental Music

Clara Schumann -  Piano Trio in G minor

Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique


Music for Film

Danny Elfman - Batman Returns

Bernard Hermann - Psycho


Popular Music and Jazz

Courtney Pine - Back in the Day

Kate Bush - Hounds of Love

Beatles - Revolver



Debussy - Estampes

Anoushka Shankar - Breathing Under Water


New Directions

Kaija Saariaho - Petals for Violoncello and Live Electronics

Stravinsky - Rite of Spring​