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The course actively engages students in a wide variety of genres of music, opening up new opportunities for their enjoyment of the subject. It gives them the skills to develop as a well-rounded musician in the three disciplines of performing, composing and appraising. The A level music course encourages students to develop as independent thinkers and reflect on the processes associated with the subject. Students will be able to gain an experience of performing to larger audiences and will be able to work closely with our music technician to create recordings of their performances in our own studio. The course also gives them the opportunity to work with professional musicians and ensembles which in turn may give them valuable connections which they may pursue when they have finished their studies.

Exam board: Edexcel

Essential Entry Requirements: Standard Sixth Form requirements, to include grade 5 or above in GCSE Music

Preferred Entry Requirements: Grade 6 or above in GCSE Music, and basic keyboard skills

Additional costs

We provide:  In class access to:-

Edexcel Anthology of Music (ISBN:9781292118369)

If you want copies to work at home these will need to be purchased.

Other costs:  To be met by students

Compulsory: Edexcel Music Revision Guide (ISBN: 9781785581724) £10

Compulsory: Senheiser 206 Studio Headphones £30

Compulsory: Memory Stick/Portable Hard Drive (minimum 16GB) £10

We will be working with a professional accompanist during the two years of study with a voluntary contribution of approximately £15 per student

Optional: Edexcel AS and A Level Music Listening Tests (ISBN: 9781785581700) £20


Component 1: Performing (60 marks, 30% of the A Level qualification)

This unit requires students to perform one or more pieces as part of a recital. They can play an instrument or sing a solo either as part of an ensemble or as a soloist. The performance could also include some improvisation or the realisation of music using music technology. We pay for an accompanist for this exam and give our students an opportunity to rehearse with them prior to examination. Students will also have a chance to record their performance in our studio should they wish. Grade 5 ABRSM standard or above is desirable but not essential.


Component 2: Composing (60 marks, 30% of the A level qualification)

This unit requires students to compose two compositions. One must be linked to a brief set by the exam board and this composition carries 40 marks of this component. The total time of the two compositions must be a minimum of 6 minutes.


Component 3: Appraising (Written Exam - 2 hours, 100 marks, 40% of the A level qualification)

In this unit students are examined about their knowledge and understanding of the musical elements, contexts and language. They will study six areas of study, each with three set works. These are:

  • Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music
  • Music for Film
  • Popular Music and Jazz
  • Fusions
  • New Directions

They will also be required to answer questions on unheard music from these areas of study. Students will get their own copy of the CD for the exam over which they will have complete control.

Twynham School Music Scholarship Programme

Twynham School runs a music scholarship program which enables gifted and talented students to have free instrumental tuition on an ‘endangered’ orchestral instrument. The scheme has been running for three years and it has enabled students to perform with a variety of ensembles including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

We would expect prospective applicants of the program to be studying music at Twynham and to be of an ABRSM Grade 6 or equivalent on the instrument for which they are applying. The scholarship means that students will receive free music tuition in school, for one year, which will be renewable annually depending on their Attitude to Learning grades and their progress with their instrument. The tuition will be ten 30 minute lessons per term.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

  • School Musical
  • Opportunities to play with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Twynham Scholarship Orchestra
  • UT Funk Jazz Band
  • ABRSM Grade 5 Theory
  • Music Technology Club
  • Music Tour (to Europe)
  • A Level Recital Evening
  • Priory Carol Festival
  • Bournemouth Music Festival
  • New Milton Music Festival