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Component 1: Appraising music

  • What’s assessed: Listening, Analysis, Contextual understanding
  • How it’s assessed: Exam paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music.

AS Music

  • Section A: Listening (49 marks)
  • Section B: Analysis (17 marks)
  • Section C: Essay (30 marks)

This component is worth 40% of AS marks (96 marks in total).

A Level

  • Section A: Listening (56 marks)
  • Section B: Analysis (34 marks)
  • Section C: Essay (30 marks)

This component is worth 40% of A Level marks (120 marks in total).

Component 2: Performance

  • What’s assessed: Music performance
  • How it’s assessed: Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or music production (50 marks).

AS Music

  • A minimum of six minutes of performance in total is required (no more than eight minutes).
  • This component is worth 30% of AS marks (50 marks in total).
  • This component will be externally marked by AQA examiners.

A Level

  • A minimum of ten minutes of performance in total is required (no more than twelve minutes).
  • This component is worth 35% of A Level marks (50 marks in total).
  • This component will be externally marked by AQA examiners.

Component 3: Composition

  • What’s assessed: Composition
  • How it’s assessed: Composition 1: Composition to a brief (25 marks), Composition 2: Free composition (25 marks)

AS Music

  • A minimum of four and a half minutes of music in total is required (no more than six minutes).
  • This component is worth 25% of AS marks (Composition 1 = 25; Composition 2 = 25; = Total 50 marks.
  • This component will be externally marked by AQA examiners.

A Level

  • A minimum of four and a half minutes of music in total is required (no more than six minutes).
  • This component is worth 25% of A Level marks (Composition 1 = 25; Composition 2 = 25; = Total 50 marks.
  • This component will be externally marked by AQA examiners.

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