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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:

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 and Year 2 40% written exam 60% practical exam

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