This two-year academic Music A Level course will provide you with a rich variety of opportunities from workshops with professional musicians, professional composers and Conservatoire and University lecturers to performing in a variety of concerts including a large community choral concert and Music for Youth. You’ll develop performance, composition, score reading and analysis skills and will explore various genres of music from western classical (Haydn and Mendelssohn) and jazz to twentieth-century music (Poulenc and Debussy). You’ll also have the chance to visit conservatoire open days and attend concerts.

Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Music teacher, performer, composer, musical director/conductor and music therapist.

Music, Music Technology, Music Therapy, Performing Arts.


Topics you'll cover


  • Development of performance skills (including 1 hour per week instrumental tuition and mock recital).
  • Composition techniques (using industry-standard macs and software)
  • Historical analysis of musical styles including: western classical music 1750-1900, twentieth-century art music and jazz
  • Developing listening/understanding skills - Regular aural analysis of music.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Recital (6-8 or 10-12 minutes) assessed by a visiting examiner                           
  • Composition portfolio (2 or 3 pieces + logs)           
  • Appraising Exam testing aural skills and knowledge of set works/areas of study 
  • Exam board: EDUQAS
  • A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English Language
  • Music audition - (instrument or vocal need to be at grade 5 standard)
  • Ability to read music.

Additional information


During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs. If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.

 A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.