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A-Level Music AQA syllabus [esp at Birmingham Conservatoire] watch

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    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

    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 :p:

    The course is great though, composition time is capped at 20 hours but that's more than enough

    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
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