This course is designed for all teachers of AQA A Level Music who wish to ensure the high achievements of their students in AQA A level Music. By reflecting on the outcomes of the Summer 2018 examinations and providing tried and tested teaching approaches and techniques, the course aims to help teachers raise attainment in students of all abilities and experience by improving confidence, knowledge and a stronger understanding of what examiners are looking for.


  • Increase your understanding of what the examiners are looking for
  • Deepen your understanding of assessment criteria and mark schemes
  • Find out how to access the highest marks for each component
  • Take away a range of teaching approaches for the AQA specification
  • Explore how to maximise success levels for your students in the examination
COURSE DATE London | Wednesday 13 November 2019
  • Leaders of Music Departments
  • Teachers of AQA A Level Music
  • Teachers new to AQA 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 – 10.40am
The key messages from the 2018 examinations

  • 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?
  • Setting the appropriate standard from the start – how to motivate students to succeed
  • Teaching and learning strategies to encourage independent learning

10.40 – 11.30am
Component 2: Performing

  • What does a musical performance sound like? What the examiners are wanting
  • Interpreting the Assessment Criteria to access the highest marks
  • Playing to a student’s strengths and problem solving
  • A performance plan of action – shaping and guiding over the two years to ensure success

11.30 – 11.50am
Discussion: coffee break

11.50 – 12.40pm
Component 3: Composing

  • What makes a simulating and successful composition at A level? Top tips to engage your examiner
  • Exam criteria, originality and creating a balance
  • Playing to a student’s strengths and problem solving in order to maximise marks
  • Composing to a brief – how to respond successfully to the different types of brief

12.40 – 1.40pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.40 – 2.55pm
Component 1: Listening and Appraising

  • Concise and precise – why musical vocabulary is key to success in the exam
  • Developing listening skills in all Areas of Study
  • Maximising marks on the 10 marks questions – how to write with authority
  • Engaging with analysis and increasing independence
  • Deciphering essay questions – adapting knowledge to the question
  • Scaffolding and planning essays to access the highest marks for this specification

2.55 – 3.15pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 3.45pm
Planning for Success and Plenary

  • Making revision effective – a range of practical strategies that maximise efficiency
  • Knowledge is power – developing memory skills and retaining information
  • Instilling independence and developing the more able
  • Reflection

Rachel Tustain

Rachel is an experienced examiner and Leader of Music, with seventeen years teaching and leadership experience in a range of different schools. She is a Principal Examiner, Subject Adviser and has been involved with CPD for teachers for several years as well as involvement in writing the new music specifications.

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AQA A level Music