The specification is aimed at students who have learned an instrument or singing through private lessons, extra-curricular activities, or who have studied GCSE or BTEC Music and who wish to develop their skills and understanding.
Over the two year course, students will complete six of the units listed below. Units one and two are both compulsory. These units have been chosen to give students a wide variety in musical diet so that they can become versatile musicians with work-based skills.
- Music Performance Techniques
- Solo or Ensemble Performance Skills
- Classical Music in Practice
- Music in the Community
- Musical Theatre Performance
- Studying Music from Around the World
- Composing Music
- Special Subject Investigation
- Singing techniques and performance
All units will consist of four main areas of focus and all students must be comfortable with their performance as this is the main focus of the course:
- Listening and Understanding
- Independent research
5 A*-C grade including English and Maths
Music at GCSE or BTEC Level 2, or Performing Arts BTEC at Level 2, or at least grade 5 standard on an instrument.
A variety of careers are possible including performing, composing, teaching, music therapy, librarianship, publishing and broadcasting. Employment prospects are particularly good in teaching and music is a real asset if offered as a special subject by primary teachers. A growing field of employment is in the education departments of opera and orchestral companies.