What is this course about?
A-Level Music aims to develop your skills in performing, composing and understanding music. This is achieved through a mixture of practical and theoretical approaches leading you to your development in to a rounded, knowledgeable and skilled musician. Your studies will include live performances, the production of a composition folio, development of aural skills and development of historical and contextual awareness.
What will I study?
During the course you develop your instrumental/vocal skills to present solo and group recitals, create advanced compositions in a diverse range of music styles and learn to analyse classical and jazz music.
One third of the course is based on your performances, one third on your notated and recorded compositions and one third on a written examination of your theory and listening skills.
You will be offered opportunities to visit performances by great musicians and to contribute to college music groups.
In the second year, you further develop your instrumental/vocal skills to present an extended solo recital and 2500 word essay comparing recorded performances. You will create advanced film score compositions to a set storyboard and a free choice composition in a musical style of your choice. You will study the history of musical drama and 20th Century world setting.
What can I do after the course?
Close to 80% of our A-level students progress to Higher Education. Alternatively, you could choose to enter employment.