The department is equipped with computers and specialist music software, including Cubase, Logic Pro and Sibelius. It contains a high quality recording studio that is accessible to all pupils.

  • The smaller class sizes guarantee individual guidance and tuition.
  • Facilities include practice rooms, two classrooms, a recording studio, a chapel with grand piano and organ.

Do you… 

  • Love playing an instrument and performing? 
  • Like exploring and creating new music? 
  • Enjoy listening to music from a range of styles? 
  • Wonder about how and why music has developed the way it has?

If yes, then the A Level Music course is for you! Where else can you play music and get coursework credit for it, create and record your own music, listen to music in class, and learn about different styles of music?

Music is suitable both for those who wish to continue their musical studies at college or university and those who simply wish to gain a wider understanding of the subject because of the interest and enjoyment they get from it through performance. It is not the domain of the ‘classical musician’; jazz and popular styles are equally acceptable. A high standard of performance is expected.

Classes are taught using a variety of methods, striking a lively balance between performing, composing and listening. Every lesson will be practical and informative and suitable independent work will be given to supplement the course. Candidates are expected to contribute towards the musical life of the school by performing and/or composing.

Course content and assessment

The new A level retains the three key elements of performing, composing and appraising:1. Performing (30% of the qualification)

Students have to perform for a minimum of six minutes at AS and eight minutes at A Level. Performance can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music using music technology.

2. Composing (30% of the qualification)

Students compose at least two pieces for AS and two for A Level. At least one will be in response to a brief set by the board.3. 

Appraising (40% of the qualification)

Areas of study will include vocal music, instrumental music, music for film, popular music and jazz, fusions and new directions. 

The A Level Music course provides an excellent basis for lifelong learning and for higher education courses in music, and many students who take A Level Music continue their studies at university. The three units of the course can lead to studies in performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, sound engineering, conducting, popular music and jazz, and music education.

Course requirements

Candidates are expected to be able to perform to at least grade 5 standard on either voice or an instrument, though graded exams do not have to have been taken. Pupils are required to have taken GCSE Music and earned a grade 7 or above in order for an able musician to take the subject at A level.  A knowledge of music theory and score reading is essential.

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