A Level

OCR’s A Level (9–1) in Music will provide…

In addition to classroom based music lessons, you will have a free 20-minute instrumental/singing lesson with one of our peripatetic music teachers once a week during term-time.

What are the aims and learning outcomes of the course?

OCR’s A Level in Music will encourage learners to:

What is the structure of A Level Music?


What are the Areas of Study/Set Works?


How am I graded at the end of the course?

Pupils are awarded 1-9.


Why the OCR exam board for A Level Music?

Monk’s Walk embeds Musical Futures into the whole of KS3 and with our work in our feeder primary schools through our Community Music initiative. This has influenced the choice of exam board for the new GCSE and A Level specs in England as take up is high and students with a wide range of musical experiences and abilities opt to take the subject at KS4.

We have chosen to move to OCR for both the new GCSE and A-Level. The courses are inclusive for our broad range of student’s and their various musical disciplines and we are excited for the breadth of study for the examination units that is not limited entirely to specific pieces. We think that OCR is the ‘musical’ option. We also feel that the pathways between the GCSE and A Level transition nicely, and gives students an opportunity to take music further at university. Students have a varied choice as to the style of music the study in further depth, and the pathways in which they would like to develop their musical creativity, including options for the use of music technology throughout.

Source: 10th March 2016, J. Rotchell https://www.musicalfutures.org/musical-futures-blog/new-spec-new-start-ocr.

OCR A Level Music Books

OCR AS And A Level Music Study Guide

OCR A Level Music Revision Guide