• Component 1, Performing: A public performance of 10-12 minutes.
• Component 2, Composing: A free composition of about 4-5 minutes in length, and a set of two harmony exercises in the style of JS Bach.
• Component 3, Appraising: A written exam assessing knowledge and understanding of musical elements, context and language from six areas of study, covered in lessons over the length of the course.
Performing: personal practice and lessons with an instrumental/vocal teacher
Composition: Class lessons and 1:1 tutorials
Appraising: Class lessons, regular assessments and homework
• Component 1, Performing: Recital recorded and sent for external assessment at the end of year 13.
• Component 2, Composing: Compositions are recorded and sent for external assessment at the end of year 13.
• Component 3, Appraising: 2 hour written exam at the end of year 13.
In addition to the standard College entry requirements (see our prospectus), it is desirable to have studied Music at GCSE or BTEC level 2. This is, however, not compulsory and good current experience of practical musical performance – including performance grades – may qualify. This will be established on interview. It is also preferable to have a GCSE level 5 or above in GCSE English Language or Literature.
All universities and degree- awarding institutions recognise A Level Music as a valid and highly desirable qualification. The transferable skills gained through the course are valuable in a wide range of careers; you will develop a problem solving approach to your learning, and a capacity to deal with challenging situations as well as building a sound knowledge and understanding of the subject that will be relevant to a whole range of studies.
Many of our students have progressed to study music, music production, or performance related subjects at university, or have used their musical qualifications to enhance their employability in a wide range of careers.