Music A Level
About the course
This challenging and specialist course helps you to develop as a performer, a composer and as a musical thinker. Open minded musicians will enjoy the opportunity to learn about musical theory and study a very wide range of set works that encompass music ancient and modern, classical and popular.
• Five GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C, including grade 4/C in English Language
• Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language
• Grade 5 or above in GCSE Music or Grade 5 on an instrument
• You will need to pass a pre-course audition and theory test. The audition may lead to a bridge course before the A Level begins
• Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
• IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.
This course combines live performance with composition, music theory and the analytical appraisal of classical and other music, helping you to develop as a performer, composer and someone interested in the history and theory of music.
A succession of studies in composition will enable you to develop a portfolio of pieces and a score displaying your knowledge of melody, harmony, instrumentation and structure. Live performances over five terms will culminate in a final solo concert. Your skills in ear training and your knowledge of theory, history and analysis will develop through the study of six areas of musical history taking in western classical music 1650 – 2010, popular music, jazz, film and music fusing ideas from non-western traditions. Students make musical friendships and study music in a very well-resourced and supportive environment.
All aspects of the course are externally examined: performance in a 10-minute solo recital at the end of term 5; composition in two pieces, one long, one short, one free choice, one a set style; and history, set works, aural skills harmony and theory in a 2-hour exam at the end of the course. All students are also entered for ABRSM Grade 5 – 8 theory and receive instrumental or vocal lessons.
Students embark on the full range of options within Music including University and Music College. Internships and professional workplace training are also popular destinations for our students.
There are lots of opportunities to perform, make friends and learn
Studied: A Levels in Music, Drama, English Literature and Politics
He said: "My teachers have been very helpful and have supported my development throughout the year. I would definitely recommend studying music at the College as there are lots of opportunities to perform, make friends and learn."
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Based in vibrant Angel, the Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. There are over 30 A Levels on offer from Dance to History of Art to Science.