A Level Music

A Level Music

Walsall Music Hub will be teaching Edexcel A Level Music from September 2017. The course will be taught by experienced music teachers in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton.

We are offering a full two year course culminating in the award of A Level. This is not a one-year AS course.

Why is this course being offered?

This is an exciting development by Forest Arts Music Hub and the University of Wolverhampton to ensure that A Level Music remains an option for local students and musicians. 

What do you need to join the course?

To join the course students need to be able to:

  • attend lessons at Forest Arts Centre, and on occasion at The Performance Hub of University Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus, on Thursday evenings, during term time, 6-9pm   
  • commit to the full two year course, which will end in June 2019

  • pay approx. £30 a week in termly or yearly instalments* This will include a copy of the anthology and set works CD

  • demonstrate attendance of and maintain lessons with their own instrumental tutor either through the Hub or privately for the duration of the course

  • demonstrate they have attained Grade V theory or higher or be able to pass an entrance paper to the equivalent level

  • demonstrate they have achieved Grade V or higher on their chosen instrument

  • bring their own laptop to lessons.  

What does the course involve?

A level music, following the Edexcel Syllabus, comprises 3 components: performance, composition and appraising.  You will need to do an 8 minute recital, compose 2 compositions of at least 4 minutes in duration and sit a listening and analysis paper which requires you to study 18 set works over 6 areas of study.  Performance is worth 30% of your mark, composition 30% and appraisal 40%.  For more information please see the exam board’s own website: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/music-2016.htm  or contact Stephanie Dufty on sdufty.music@gmail.com

How do I apply?

Limited places are available so it is advisable to express your interest as soon as possible by emailing Stephanie Dufty on sdufty.music@gmail.com.  Steph is the course leader, an experienced A level teacher and manager of various music education groups across Forest Arts Music Hub.  At this stage you will be asked to complete an application form.

Interviews for places will happen during the months of March/April and will include a practical performance.

The first term’s fee will be payable upon acceptance of an offer.

This course is open to any interested person/musician who fulfils the above criteria. It is not confined to 16-18 year olds living in or attending school in Walsall.  Adults or younger students are encouraged to apply as well as candidates from outside of Walsall.

 * You may wish to discuss this with your school as it may be possible for them to assist with all or part of this fee.