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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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.
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 great teachers here. This college has felt more like a university than a school, and it’s definitely lived up to that more grown-up feel.Vicky Lipscombe, A Level student
I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.Lauren Piper, A Level student
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.