A Level


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.

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.


Type of study
Examination board

Availability & Details

Music, A-Level HF-MUSCAL-D(0000)000

Havant Campus
Academic Year 2018-19 (1 year)
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A minimum of five GCSEs at grades 4 or above, including English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above. You will be around grade 5 standard on an instrument and have passed GCSE Music (although this is not essential) and/or grade 5 Theory.

On this course, you will study:

  • Performance of music via weekly performance lessons in addition to your private lessons
  • Composing
  • 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.

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.

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Yolanda Stemp, BTEC student

The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. This college is the best by far.

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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.