If you are a musician who has a broad interest in music and you want to develop skills in performance, composition, harmony, listening and analysis, this course provides an excellent basis for developing these skills whilst taking part in exciting musical opportunities in school and across Bristol.

Course Overview
Year 1

Appraising Music – you will listen to and analyse a variety of pieces and works in Western Classical tradition. In addition, you will develop skills in analysis through a further 2 Areas of Study of your choice (Popular Music, Music for Media, Music for Theatre, Jazz, Contemporary Traditional Music or Art Music since 1910).

Performance – you will develop solo and ensemble skills by performing a variety of styles and genres of music and will prepare solo/ensemble pieces for two annual concerts. You will be encouraged to develop technique by taking 1:1 lessons on your instrument/voice.

Composition – you will learn how to develop musical ideas. You will explore, create and develop a piece in a style/genre of your choice (Component 2 – free composition)

Year 2

Appraising Music – you will continue to develop you listening and analysis skills of your 2 chosen Areas of Study.

Performance – you will continue to develop both as a soloist and ensemble performer and will take part in a KS4/ KS5 recital evening that showcases your talent. Composition – you will learn how to develop musical ideas and how to apply this understanding to a brief. You will explore, create and develop a piece in a style/genre of you choice to a brief (Component 1 – composition to a brief)


The course is designed to give you a broad and balanced understanding of all facets of music. The course offers excellent preparation for higher education courses in music but equally will enable students to develop particular interests in culture and the history of music.


Music performance; composition; education; sales; studio work; therapy; publishing; management; administration.

The lessons are always fun and exciting and the department as a whole always has such a friendly, buzzing atmosphere.

Charlotte Humphries

Key Facts

Qualification type:

A Level

Additional entry requirements:

Grade 5-6 in in GCSE Music
The ability to read music is essential.


30% Performance coursework
30% Composition coursework
40% Examination

Opportunities for work-related activities:

Workshops, links with Colston Hall, visits to concerts and shows.


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