Oldham Sixth Form College


Music (A Level)

Music (A Level)  

  •  Assessment
  • Year 1 and 2 
    Assessment: 40% exam; 60% coursework (performance & composition).
  • Exam board
  • Specific entry requirements
    GCSE/BTEC Level 2 Music and/or Grade 5 practical is desirable.



What Will You Learn?

Develop your knowledge and skills as a musician and performer. You’ll be supported by expert tutors to enhance your abilities in the four disciplines of performance, composition, appraisal and musicology that are found at GCSE and BTEC Level 2. You will have the opportunity to gain practical experience via performing in a range of concerts and productions, and utilising our purpose-built music studios and 300-seat theatre. This course will also enable you to produce composition commissions in a range of styles, and to study the historical development of musical genres. There will also be opportunities to enhance your learning outside of the classroom with individualised activities and trips for your specialism.


  • Jazz: This area of study focuses on prominent genres from the world of Jazz between 1920-50. Jazz is universally recognised as one of America’s most original art forms, growing as a worldwide phenomenon from Ragtime and Blues, to ‘Roaring Twenties’ musicians, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, to the Swing Big Bands and the Be-bop style of the 1940s.
  • The Western Classical Tradition: A focus on the development of the symphony from the Classical to the early Romantic era. This was considered to be the most important instrumental genre and contains some of the most exciting orchestral repertoire of the period. The symphony and orchestra evolved hand in hand to become a grand and powerful force, and equally grand forms and structures were needed to allow the instruments to demonstrate their full potential, which also saw the emergence of sonata form.
  • Into the Twentieth Century: This module focuses on the distinct musical styles of the early twentieth century. A time of change and experimentation in music when both the symphony and the orchestra had reached considerable proportions and many composers, such as Ravel and Stravinsky were starting to look for new ways to create music. You will discover the emergence of several diverse forms of composition, including Impressionism, Expressionism and Neoclassicism.

Special Features

  • Musical production.
  • Concerts and more informal performances.
  • Guest speakers & workshops.

Where Will This Lead?

If you are interested in a career in music and/or enhancing your specialist skills, this is the course for you.