This course balances coursework with examinations, and you’ll need to assist your classwork with instrument practise and independent study on your own compositions.
Throughout the course, you’ll study a range of topics including Performing Music, Composing, Developing Musical Understanding and Composition and Technical Study. This is a dynamic course as you’ll enjoy concerts, recitals, examinations and auditions throughout your study.
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Availability & Details
Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics. You will be around grade 5 standard on an instrument and have achieved a grade 4 in GCSE Music (although this is not essential) and/or grade 5 Theory. You’ll have to audition for this course, so while you don’t need a practical music grade, you’ll need to perform at around the standard of grade 5 on an instrument or voice. Music theory is important too, and you should aim to be at grade 5 theory standard at the start of the course.
On this course, you will study:
- Performance of music via weekly performance lessons in addition to your private lessons
- Developing musical understanding through studying six areas of study – vocal music, instrumental music, music for film, pop music and jazz, fusions and new directions.
You will attend classes in Composition, Performance, Listening, Understanding and Harmony. In addition, you will study rudiments. All students are expected to be in the College Choir.
Please note: You will study at both campuses for this course, however, the days will be structured so that you are not expected to make several journeys. Please speak to your lecturer at our open events or at your interview for more information.
Assessment is by final recital performance, coursework composition to a choice of briefgiven by the exam board and a written paper based on the six areas of study.
Exceptional performers can continue on to a music conservatoire course, or may study for a degree in music or other subject at university. Typical careers include teaching and performing, music theory, music and the media.
We host professional concerts in our own recital room, and students perform in professional outside venues (e.g. for Portsmouth Music Club subscription series.)
Future Career Opportunities
Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.Conor Ward, BTEC student
You take control of your own learning…the college were really helpful and always willing to do anything and go that extra step to help me get my grades.Scarlette Tiller, A Level student
There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.Lee Backhouse, BTEC student