A-Level Music

Why Music?


Studying music at A level gives you the power to engage with music more deeply as a performer, composer and listener. A greater appreciation of how and why music is written will also be gained.  The Edexcel A Level Music course is a highly regarded syllabus.  This course is for anyone who has a keen interest in creating and listening to different styles of music and who wishes to broaden their experience and deepen their understanding of Music.  


What can I expect?


A Level students will study topics such as performance, composing to a given brief and listening and analysing set works using a music anthology.

What do I need?


A Grade 4 or above at GCSE level or Grade 5 ABRSM theory. You must also be able to play an instrument to Grade 5 standard. This course is a demanding course.  It is much more detailed and in depth than GCSE Music and is extremely academic. Performing is only a small percentage of the final Grade. Students should have a persistent attitude and be prepared to put hard work into practising.  They should be able to discuss critically, plan rehearsals and practice schedules, independently research topics, interpret scores and be prepared to play regularly in front of fellow class mates.

What about the future?


Possible career routes include performer, professional musician, composer, music agent, artistic director, music therapy, sound technician, sound engineer, producer, singer, marketing, publisher, musical director, private teacher, lecturer, software writer, software development, TV industry, concert management, radio industry, instrumentalist, music arranging, music recording, film music, lyricist/writer, administration, teacher.


“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” 

Plato