Course Summary:

This course aims to continue and extend the four disciplines of performing, composing, listening and musicology that are found at GCSE and BTEC Level 2. Composition commissions will include writing in a Western Art Music style and a free composition. You’ll be supported by expert tutors to look at historical topics including musical theatre, the classical symphony and the music of the early 20th century. You will gain practical experience with our purpose built music studios and a full 300 seater theatre. There will also 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:

The Music A Level is an ideal qualification for Music degree courses at both traditional universities and music conservatoires, and Arts based degree courses that extend to popular music and recording techniques. Former students are currently studying courses including  Music, Professional Musicianship and Music Production.

Entry Requirements:

A pass in GCSE Music or Grade 5 Theory are preferred entry requirements. You are expected to be around Grade 5 standard in your instrument or voice.

Assessment Method:

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.