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Course Summary:

This course aims to continue and extend the four disciplines of performing, composing, listening and historical study that are found at GCSE and BTEC level 2. Composition commissions include technical composition, harmony, free composition and arrangement. You’ll be supported by expert tutors to develop performance skills and look at historical topics including jazz and blues, musical theatre and symphonies by Haydn and Shostakovich. Gain practical experience with our purpose built practice studios and a full 300 seater theatre. There will be opportunities to enhance your learning outside of the classroom with dedicated activities and trips.

Higher Education Destinations:

  • BIMM institute – Professional Musicianship
  • The University of Manchester – Music
  • The University of Huddersfield – Music Journalism
  • University of Cumbria – Primary Education with QTS
  • Royal Northern College of Music – Music

Career destinations:

Entry Requirements:

GCSE Music or Grade 5 Theory are suitable entry requirements. A minimum grade 4 in GCSE English is also necessary. Having your own instrument is essential and private instrumental / vocal tuition is recommended. You are expected to be around Grade 5 standard in your instrument or voice.

Assessment Method:

Year 1 40% written exam 60% practical exam
Year 2 40% written exam 60% practical exam

Student Case Studies:

Morgan Gibson

Morgan Gibson

“Music has always been something I have found interesting and enjoyable. I continued it to A Level as I was eager to learn more. Studying orchestral set works has allowed me to develop my score reading and analytical understanding of music. I have found it rewarding to combine my knowledge of historical events with the developments of music. I mainly study scientific courses, so it has been interesting to allow time for creative thinking and problem solving in listening exercises and essay writing. Singing in the enrichment choir has been a rewarding social activity.”

Morgan is now studying Mathematics at Oxford but hopes to continue with music performance and understanding in his own time.