This course will allow you to build on your musical understanding, as well as developing your skills in performance and composition. Over the two years, you will study a variety of set works as well as listening to unfamiliar music from a wide variety of genres. As well as studying and listening to music, there will be numerous opportunities for you to develop as a practical musician.


Trips to musical performances and university music days.


Studying A level Music opens the door to a wide variety of courses at university and also various job roles in the performing arts industry. Music graduates have a wide range of career options available to them both inside and outside the industry, including: performer, teacher, administrator, songwriter, conductor, composer, recording engineer, manager, promoter, or music publisher.

Even if you are not planning to study Music at university, A level Music is still a fantastic opportunity for you to develop your talent as a musician.


This course is assessed through three modules at the end of Year 13.

Unit 1:  Performing: 30% of the overall qualification, assessed through a recital on your instrument.

Unit 2: Composing: 30% of the overall qualification, assessed through two compositions. One composition will be a free composition, and one will be to a brief given by the exam board.

Unit 3: Listening: 40% of the overall qualification, assessed through a 2 hour listening examination at the end of Year 13. In the examination, you will be required to listen to both the set works and unfamiliar music, and answer a range of music theory and essay questions.


For admission to A level Music, our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above.
  • Students will need to have achieved a grade 6 or above in Music.