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
College has been the best two years of my education. All my teachers were great and amazing, and I think they were the most helpful they could have been.Megan Capaldi-Tallon, A Level student
My experience at the College was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to university. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student
I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.Matthew Randell, A Level student