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A Level Music Online Course

Study From Home In Your Own Time - UCAS Points Available!

Online College of Art and Design


£3,999 inc VAT
Study method
Online + live classes
2 years · Part-time
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) not included in price, and must be purchased separately
  • Tutor is available to students
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GCE AS / A Level Music is the gold standard in formal qualifications and is accepted by most Universities. This course is exactly the same as any course you would find at your local school or college. Study online from home, via LIVE lessons with a friendly qualified teacher or self-paced using video-recordings of lessons and teacher support.

The course duration is 2 years (AS year / A2 year)

Course media


AS Units

Unit G351: Performing Music 1 120 marks OCR-assessed Practical Examination (visiting examiner)

Section A: Recital: solo (maximum 8 minutes) 60 marks

Section B: Discussion (Viva voce) (approximately 5 minutes) 20 marks

Section C: Further Performing: one of

• performing on a second instrument (maximum 4 minutes)

• further performance on the recital instrument in an ensemble or duet or as an accompaniment (maximum 4 minutes)

• performing own composition (maximum 4 minutes)

• improvisation (maximum 2 minutes plus 10 minutes preparation time). 40 marks

Unit G352: Composing 1 90 marks Teacher-assessed portfolio

Section A: The Language of Western Tonal Harmony: exercises (maximum seven) 45 marks

Section B: Instrumental Techniques (maximum length 3 minutes). 45 marks

Unit G353: Introduction to Historical Study in Music 90 marks Timed Examination Paper (1 hour 45 minutes + 15 minutes preparation time)

Section A: Aural Extract: one of • solo instrumental chamber or orchestral repertoire from the period 1700 to 1830 • popular instrumental music from 1900 to the present day 30 marks

Section B: Prescribed Works: two extracts • 18th/early 19th century Orchestra • Jazz 1920 to 1960. 40 marks

Section C: Contextual Awareness: one question from three 20 marks 10

A2 Units

Unit G354: Performing Music 2 (Interpretation) 120 marks OCR-assessed Practical Examination (visiting examiner)

Section A: Recital: solo, ensemble or accompanying (maximum 15 minutes) 100 marks Section B: Viva voce: interpretative understanding (approximately 5 minutes) 20 marks

Unit G355: Composing 2 90 marks Teacher-assessed portfolio

Section A: Stylistic Techniques: exercises (maximum 8) based on one of: • two-part counterpoint of the late 16th century

• two-part Baroque counterpoint • chorale harmonisations in the style of J.S. Bach

• string quartets in the Classical style

• keyboard accompaniments in early Romantic style

• popular song

• serialism

• minimalism

45 marks

Section B: Composition: one of:

• vocal setting of a text (maximum 120 words or 4 stanzas)

• instrumental interpretation of a programme (maximum 4 minutes)

• music for film/TV (maximum 4 minutes) 45 marks

Unit G356: Historical and Analytical Studies in Music 90 marks Timed Examination Paper (1 hour 45 minutes + 15 minutes preparation time)

Section A: Aural extract: accompanied vocal music 1900 to 1945 40 marks

Section B: Historical Topics: two questions from three on one of six topics:

• Song

• Programme Music

• Music for Screen

• Music and Belief

• Music for the Stage

• Post-1945 Popular Music. 50 marks

Who is this course for?

This course is for musicians who wish to attain an advanced internationally recognised qualification and for those who wish to study Music at University.

Students who enjoy Music and need extra UCAS points - up to 56 points available!


Ability to play an instrument (sing)

Serious about completing the course

Can take instruction

Must have studied at NQF Level 2 (BTEC, GCSE or equivalent)

Need a computer connected to the internet

Career path

Students who complete this course progress to University or to creative careers

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

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