What is the AQA music a-level syllabus like? ie, is it harder than other boards, focussed more on a specific aspect of the course etc? It's just that i don't know anyone who has done AQA.
What are the set works etc?!
Also, anyone studying the a-level at the Birmingham Conservatoire?? If so, what is it like, recommend it, costs etc?!
Thanks for your help
A-Level Music AQA syllabus [esp at Birmingham Conservatoire] Watch
- Thread Starter
- 27-07-2009 12:09
- 27-07-2009 21:15
According to our teachers it's MUCH easier than the EdExcel course.
It's highly weighted towards performance (40%) and composition (20%).
15% is a theory listening paper and 15% is the study of a set symphony and two contrasting songs from each decade (from the 60s to now).
^^ That's AS only, not doing A2
The course is great though, composition time is capped at 20 hours but that's more than enough
- 27-07-2009 21:23
Ok firstly, Birmingham Conservatoire is a music college and therefore (as far as I'm aware) doesn't offer A-Level tuition; at BC you'd study degree level performance or composition, which is run in conjunction with Birmingham University. You can find more about Birmingham Conservatoire here, and the current figure for tuition fees is £3145 p/a
As far as the AQA specification, I can't vouch personally for it, only via word of mouth. Reputation wise, Edexcel is rumoured to be the hardest (and most analysis-heavy) music A-Level, with OCR coming up next, then AQA at the bottom (in terms of difficulty). The AQA specification is being revised this time round, so nobody has studied it yet; you can find a vague outline of the new specification here
Hope that helps, and if you've any more questions just give me a shout