“Studying A-Level Music provided me with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in Music. Having studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, I am starting my Masters at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, New York, in September. The course provided depth of knowledge in performing, composing and listening & appraising music.”

Subject Specific Entry Criteria

  • Grade 5 in GCSE Music
  • Grade 5 standard on at least one instrument
  • Grade 5 theory is an advantage


Exam Board


Units Studied

  • Performance 30%
  • Recital Composition 30% 2 compositions based on set briefs by the examination board
  • Listening examination – based on set works and aural analysis


Course Information

The course requires a highly creative approach to the three main disciplines of Performing, Composing and Listening & Appraising Music.

Students are encouraged to become all-round musicians, by preparing themselves for a final performance recital to an audience. They will become composers of original music, whilst working within a set of specific briefs, as well as develop an appreciation of a wide range of musical forms and genres.


Possible Career Paths

A Level Music provides students with a good grounding in composition and theory for those wishing to pursue a career in Music. We have had a number of students over the past few years who have pursued music at University, following academic degree courses (Hull, Huddersfield, Bangor) and also more practical Actor-Musician based courses at Guildford School of Acting & Byrd College.


Extra Curricular

Course provides opportunities for students to perform in recitals and showcase evenings throughout the year. This is an assessed part of the course. Students also have the opportunity to join the various music groups which meet regularly during the week. We hope that 6th form students take an active part within the department.