Exam Board - AQA


What is Music A level and why study it?

We will help you become an expert in whatever field of music inspires you - composer, performer, producer, singer, or instrumentalist. This is an experience that will set you up for a life-time of enjoying music as a job or in your spare time.


Opportunities: You attend a school that has over 1000 musicians in. The A level music students will be looked up to by all these musicians. It is a position of responsibility but also of great honour. Our A level music students will become trailblazers for what is musically possible at INA. They will have the chance to run their own music events, invite famous musicians to come and perform at INA, run their own music enrichments, help choose and arrange the music that we will play in enrichments and lessons and judge INA music competitions. They will also get the chance to organise trips to see gigs all over London.


Explore: You will get the time to deeply explore the music you love whilst also looking into music that you have not come across before.


Practical learning: As with all subjects, there will be considerable time devoted to written learning and preparation for the exam but most of your marks will be achieved through practical music making - either performing or creating music.


You will still be assessed in the three areas of performing, composing and through a written exam. You will have achieved 60% of your exam through coursework (a 10-minute performance and two compositions) before you sit your exam at the end of the two years.


At A level there is more time to really invest in becoming expert musicians. The standard of complexity of the pieces you compose, perform and listen to will increase.


Where next?

Developing a lifelong love of music making! You made the first steps towards this at KS3. You are developing your skills, creativity and appreciation of music at KS4. By continuing with your music education at KS5 you will put yourself in a position to develop yourself, to teach others and to enrich the rest of your life with music, no matter what direction you go in after school.


Music A level leads on to a whole host of music courses from conservatoires such as the Royal Academy of Music, to the study of music at top universities like Oxford, Cambridge, Kings College London, Imperial College London, Birmingham, Durham and York. Equally music A level will be accepted at all of the best universities to study any degree. If you get the grades, then it is most definitely possible to study degrees such as Law or Medicine at Oxford & Cambridge with an A level in music.


Music A level will also allow you to develop the self-management, teamwork, problem solving, communication, literacy, and IT skills required to succeed across a wide range of subjects and highly desired by top universities. With unique skills and a broad range of graduate jobs on offer, music students have excellent job prospects. Many music graduates work in the creative industries, but the roles performed by graduates vary greatly. Music grads work in publishing, editing, media production, broadcasting, and marketing. A number work with professional music groups, but not all are performing as musicians – many work in management roles. Less anticipated but no less common is the employment of music graduates in finance and banking, law and consultancy.


What are the entrance requirements?

Grade 7 in GCSE Music preferred, Grade 6 considered subject to breakdown of marks in theory and performance elements.


Who do I need to see for more information?

Mr G Coughlin, Head of Music (or talk to one of our current A level music students)