A-Level Music

Why Music?


In the future, creativity will be the dominant global currency. As more and more jobs become automated, creativity will be the most important workplace skill to help businesses survive and thrive. This means that the study of creative subjects like music is central to helping young people achieve their ambitions.


What can I expect?


Areas of study include the development of the symphony; a choice of rock and pop music, jazz, or musical theatre; and a choice of classical music in the twentieth or twenty-first century. Performing is assessed by a visiting examiner, allowing students to demonstrate their communication of the music to the listener and creating a real sense of occasion. Composition is assessed through two pieces: one written in a Western classical style in response to a chosen brief; and one free piece which can be in any style. Students can then choose whether they wish to be assessed on a longer performance or submit a third composition, allowing them to develop their preferred specialism.


What do I need?


You will need a strong interest in performing, composing and appraising a wide range of music from different times and places. A Grade 4 or above at GCSE Music would be preferable.


What about the future?


Possible routes following the study of A Level Music include:


  • studying music and related courses at university or other higher education institutions
  • apprenticeships within the music and other creative industries, which contribute over £100 billion to the UK economy each year
  • employment within a wide range of sectors that value the knowledge, skills and understanding developed by musicians.

“Music can change the world because it can change people.”

— Bono