A Level


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 two 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 in a variety of styles and genres of music for our two annual concerts. You will be encouraged to develop technique by taking individual 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 your listening and analysis skills in your two chosen areas of study.

Performance – you will continue to develop both as a soloist and ensemble performer, culminating in a recital evening that showcases your work.

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 of music in response to a given scenario.


This course encourages a development and application of musical knowledge, understanding and skills to allow students to form a personal and meaningful relationship with music. Students will be encouraged to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of music and musical contexts, and reflect on how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities. This course allows students to develop particular strengths and interests, encourage lifelong learning and providing access to higher education and university degree courses in music and music-related subjects as well as music-related and other careers.


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.


Performer, composer, sound designer, music journalist, teacher, session musician, researcher, music therapist, arranger, conductor, producer.

Additional Entry Requirements

6 to 9 in GCSE Music or Distinction in BTEC Music or audition 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.