Find out more about the courses and levels offered at City and Islington College
A Level Music 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.
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 the five terms will culminate in a final solo concert.
Topics covered can include:
You will need:
You will also need to pass a pre-course audition and theory test, which may lead to a bridging course before you start the A Level.
If you wish to study 4 A Levels, you will need 7 GCSEs at grade 7 or above, including two at grade 8.
All applicants must have an interview to confirm that A Levels are suitable for them.
All aspects of the course are externally examined, split between a 10-minute solo performance, composition of two pieces (one to a brief set by the exam board) and a 2-hour written examination at the end of the course. You will also be entered for ABRSM Grade 5-8 theory and receive instrumental or vocal lessons.
If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
A Levels are widely regarded as the standard entry qualification for top universities in the UK, and the rest of the world. Many of our students go onto study for a degree at the university of their choice, with some choosing to progress into apprenticeships or other employment.