This course, suitable for teachers delivering the Edexcel A Level Music specification who wish to ensure consistently high achievement for their students across all components. Teachers will leave with a large toolkit of successful teaching resources and techniques enabling them to improve their students’ confidence, knowledge and understanding of what examiners are looking for. As a result, the course will enable teachers to raise achievement in students of all abilities and experience.


  • Improve marks on the Appraising paper including questions on unfamiliar music
  • Develop effective revision strategies that allow students to remember and apply the vast amount of knowledge required for the linear exams
  • Find out about students compositional strengths and weaknesses and how to improve and develop skills required
  • Develop further understanding of marking and assessment, explore examples
  • Effective and active teaching strategies to make your lessons outstanding
COURSE DATE London | Thursday 27 June 2019

London | Thursday 21 November 2019

  • Heads of Music
  • Teachers of Music
  • Teachers new to A Level Music
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.30am
Feedback from 2018 and implications for teaching & learning

  • Feedback from 2018 – what key issues and successes did the examiners raise and how can we integrate that into our teaching
  • What are the qualities we look for in an outstanding A level student?
  • Building the foundations for A level at GCSE; dovetailing your course to get the best start for students
  • Setting the appropriate standard from the start – how to motivate students to succeed

10.30 – 11.20am
Component 1: Performing

  • Understanding the level-based mark schemes
  • Developing the skills required to meet the higher levels
  • What are examiners looking for in the Performing unit?
  • Meeting the demands of ensemble and improvised performance
  • Some sample performances evaluated

11.20 – 11.40am
Discussion: coffee break

11.40 – 12.40pm
Component 2: NEA Composing

  • Working with compositions to help students analyse and evaluate them to a high level
  • Evaluating compositions effectively: what are the examiners expecting to see and how to ensure your students meet the criteria
  • Helping students get started and improve their work
  • Developing A* behaviours – how to ensure student progress throughout the course

12.40– 1.40pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.40 – 3.00pm
Component 3: Appraising

  • How to help students apply acquired knowledge to unfamiliar music
  • Meeting the demands of the new assessment objectives
  • Teaching and revising the set works
  • Developing the techniques of extended writing

3.00 – 3.10pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.10 – 4.00pm
Aiming high: Exam Technique for Exam Achievement

  • Strategies to stretch your talented music students and to support them to gain the top grades
  • High level thinking techniques
  • Appropriate assessment, marking and good effective feedback to motivate progress and best possible results for each student

Bruce Cole

Bruce Cole is Fellow in Community Music at the University of York, where he is responsible for programmes of student of work in schools and other community settings. He has also been external examiner and consultant in music education to institutions in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Middle East, Japan and Africa.

A composer, who has worked in the music industry, concert hall, theatre and film and with the education departments of many orchestras, he has taught at most levels from preschool to postgraduate including teacher training, special education and prison education. He has held two residencies in London schools, authored and co–authored six books on school music and has eighteen years examining experience at a senior level.

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