KS5 Music

Students studying music at Key Stage 5 are able to choose either A Level Music or BTEC Level 3 Music.

A Level Music

A level Music at St George’s offers a vigorous and academic syllabus to prepare students for university study. Students must achieve a B grade at GCSE in order to take this subject onto A level where we follow the Edexcel GCE Music A Level Course.

The A level course follows a similar structure to GCSE, with performing (30%), composing (30%) and listening and appraising (40%) elements.   The final 2 hour examination at the end of Year 13 examines students on their knowledge and understanding of specific set works.  The application of knowledge is assessed through six areas of study:

  • Vocal Music
  • Music for Film
  • Fusions
  • Instrumental Music
  • popular music & Jazz
  • New Directions


Students studying A Level music will receive homework every week in order to prepare them for the terminal exam paper - the homework tasks will include harmony work, learning music vocabulary, revising key facts about the set works and completing exam-style questions.


BTEC Level 3 Music

The BTEC National certificate offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units.  It is broadly equivalent to two GCE A Levels. This is a practical and highly enjoyable two-year course. It is perfect for developing your performance skills and as a foundation for future study of Music or Performing Arts.