Music A Level

Music at John Leggott College.

What will I learn?

Component 1: Performing:

  • A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital
  • Performance can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music using music technology
  • The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 8 minutes
  • Performances must be recorded after 1 March in the year of certification and all materials for assessment submitted to arrive by 15 May of that year

Component 2: Composing:

  • Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by Pearson and one either free composition or also to a brief
  • One composition must be from either a list of briefs related to the areas of study, or a free composition. This composition must be at least 4 minutes in duration
  • One composition must be from a list of briefs assessing compositional technique. This composition must be at least 1 minute in duration, unless the brief specifies a longer minimum duration
  • Total time across both submissions must be a minimum of 6 minutes

Component 3: Appraising:

  • Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language
  • Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works (vocal music; instrumental music; music for film; popular music and jazz; fusions; new directions)
  • Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works

Entry Requirements

GCSE Maths & English at Grade 5 or above, in addition to the ability to play an instrument or sing, Music Theory to Grade 5 and/or GCSE Music at Grade 4 or above. An audition may be required.

An average GCSE points score of 4.9 or above.

How long will it take to qualify?

2 years

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Non-examined assessment: externally assessed. A Level weighting 30%
Component 2: Non-examined assessment: externally assessed. A Level weighting 30%
Component 3: Written examination (one written paper of 2 hours; an audio CD with the extracts to accompany questions on the paper will be provided). A Level weighting 40%

Additional Learning Opportunities

Together with the North Lincolnshire Music Service, the College offers peripatetic music lessons for a wide range of instruments. There is also the opportunity for you to join the college orchestra, wind band, mixed choir, soul band and other ensemble activities and the College also has connections with the National Youth Orchestra. There is a regular Thursday lunchtime concert series, a termly public concert and a Christmas concert you can take part in.

Who is this course aimed at?

Music is attractive to students who are interested in following Music, either as a career (as a classical, jazz or popular musician), or just because they enjoy music as a hobby.

What next?

You may choose to study music at a higher level, aspire to a music career or you may choose a different career entirely. Some of our students have progressed on to conservatoire study or continued musical practice as additional studies at university.



  • A Level


  • Music

Course Length

  • 2 Years


  • 16+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,


  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium


  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider