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.
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:
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.)
The college is a bright and happy place, everyone is kind and friendly to each other.Megan Hall, A Level student
My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.Lottie Warren, A Level student
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