Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code MU01
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


If you want to extend and develop your musical performance, your knowledge of music theory and learn how to communicate through the medium of music, then A Level Music is an ideal qualification to study. It will do this by developing your musical skills and knowledge, in order to help you to become a more confident and accomplished composer and performer of music. Whilst studying A Level Music you will be encouraged to work creatively and will have the opportunity to both learn about and use/apply music technology for both composition work and in your performances.

Skills Acquired

  • Appreciation
  • Creativity
  • Performance
  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Confidence

Students Suited To The Course
Students who are competent instrumentalists/vocalists and who have an interest in social, cultural and historical contexts.

What Other Subjects It Combines Well With
English, History, Maths, Languages, Physics

Trips and visits, workshops, opportunity to lead musical groups in school.


Course Structure

30% Performing
30% Composing
40% Appraising (Music Theory and Set Works)

Unit Content

  • Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music
  • Music For Film
  • Popular Music and Jazz
  • Fusions
  • New Directions

How will it be delivered?

Performing - 8 minute (minimum) recital (solo or ensemble)Composing -
Composing - 2 compositions (one free, one brief demonstrating technique)
Appraising - 2 hour written exam

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in Music and/or grade 5 in Music Theory.  Minimum grade 4 performing standard at the start of the course (grade 6 by the end).

Your next steps...

HE - Music degree, music business degree, music production degree, Conservatoire study
Career - Professional musician, teacher, music producer, recording artist, music management, music journalism, sound engineer.