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: 35% of the overall qualification, assessed through a recital on your instrument.

Unit 2: Composing: 25% 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 and 15 minute 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.