Specification at a glance

A-level Music is a six-unit course; three units must be completed for AS level and all six units for the full A-level. Each level includes:

  • a written examination testing listening skills, knowledge and understanding and requiring students to write in depth about a set work and music from a selected area of study
  • the study of compositional techniques, or composition using and developing the student's own musical ideas, or an arrangement of a given piece of music
  • demonstration of performing skills as soloists, in ensembles and/or using music technology.

AQA does not set any prior learning requirements. Any requirements set for entry to a course following this specification are at the discretion of schools and colleges.