A level

Examination Board: Eduqas

Specification: 9MU0

Course Leader: Mr N Reynolds

Contact Email:

I find Music a really enjoyable subject. The music department is a wonderful environment where you can be yourself with out a fear of being judged. My favourite part of our course is the performing side. I love the feeling of performing and knowing something I have worked really hard on has paid off.   Kayleigh Y12

What Will I Study?

There are three areas of study:

Area of study A: The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1900) which includes two set works. Choose one set work for detailed analysis and the other for general study.

•             Symphony No. 104 in D major, 'London': Haydn

•             Symphony No. 4 in A major, 'Italian': 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

A choice of one area of study from:

Area of study E: Into the Twentieth Century including two set works:

•             Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, Movement II: Poulenc

•             Three Nocturnes, Number 1, Nuages: Debussy

Area of study F: Into the Twenty-first Century including two set works:

•             Asyla, Movement 3, Ecstasio: Thomas Adès

•             String Quartet No. 2 (Opus California) Movements 1 (Boardwalk) and 4 (Natural Bridges): Sally Beamish

Entry Requirements

Students require a Grade 5 or above at GCSE Music, and approximately Grade 5 standard on their instrument or voice.


Component 1Performing

Option A: Total duration of performances: 10-12 minutes at 35% of qualification 

Option B: Total duration of performances: 6-8 minutes at 25% of qualification 

Component 2Composition

Option A: Total duration of compositions: 4-6 minutes at 25% of qualification 

Option B: Total duration of compositions: 8-10 minutes at 35% of qualification

Component 3Appraising 40% (Listening Exam)

Likely exam questions based on 'Areas of Studies'

Set work analysis with a score 

Extended responses on wider context 

Unprepared extracts of music with and without a score 

Comparison questions: This component includes a listening examination.  

Where Next?

With a Music A level, you give yourself greater chances of working in the 'music industry'.  Anything from being a professional composer or performer to working on projects in the arts and education.

Department Staff

Mr N Reynolds (NRE) Head of Music Contact