Exam Board Edexcel
Qualification A Level




Grade 6 in Music



(Outline of


Component 1: Performing 

Non-examined assessment: externally assessed 30% of the qualification: 60 marks

Component 2: Composing

Non-examined assessment: externally assessed 30% of the qualification: 60 marks

Component 3: Appraising 

Written examination: 2 hours 40% of the qualification: 100 marks


Assessment Performance Assessment Overview:

A recital of eight minutes. This can be a longer piece, or a programme made up of several shorter items.

Composition Assessment overview:

Two compositions, one of which is the student’s free choice and the second is to a brief set by the board.

Appraising Assessment Overview:

Section A: Areas of study and dictation (50 marks)

Three questions related to the set works (audio and skeleton score provided). ● One short melody/rhythm completion exercise.

Section B: Extended response

Two essay questions – essay one (20 marks) and essay two (30 marks)

Essay one asks students to draw links from their study of the set works to the music heard as an unfamiliar extract.

Essay two gives a choice of three questions that ask students to evaluate the musical elements, context, and language of one set work. Each option will be from a different area of study.


Careers Guidance Music helps you to develop a variety of skills such as analysis, dedication, group skills, self- confidence, and self-reliance, as well as providing a means of artistic expression and relaxation. Plus, it stretches your imagination and playing an instrument also makes you think and react quickly. Skills such as these are not just prized within music careers; they are valuable to all types of employers. Music is a highly regarded academic subject and whether you take it with a view to a career in music or as an additional A-level subject, it is held in high esteem by universities and other institutions of higher education. Most people, however, study Music because they love it, and you will have plenty of practical opportunities to develop your talents. This qualification supports progression into higher education, training, or employment, such as a degree in music or vocational courses such as a BTEC HND or HNC in Music.

Key Information

Transition Work

The transition work for Music can be found below.

Students should attempt to complete one task weekly over the summer ahead of the start of the course.

Week 1

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Week 2

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Week 3

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Week 4

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