This two year course will provide you with a rich variety of opportunities from workshops with lecturers from BSO musicians, professional composers and Trinity Laban and Royal College of Music lecturers, to performing in a variety of concerts including a large community choral concert and Music for Youth. You’ll explore various styles of music including western classical (Haydn and Mendelssohn), twentieth century art music (Poulenc and Debussy) and jazz.

Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Musician, performer, teacher and music therapist.

Music, music technology and performing arts.


Topics you'll cover


  • 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
  • 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) sent to external examiner               
  • Appraising Exam testing aural skills and knowledge of set works/areas of study 
  • Exam board: WJEC/EDUQAS
  • A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade 4 (including English)
  • Music audition - demonstrate a good skill and repertoire on your instrument or vocal performance
  • Good school reference including attendance and behaviour
  • Making a good impression at the college pre-enrolment interview.

What students say about the course

"The weighting of performance and composition can be flexible, allowing everyone to play to their strengths.  We study various topics from: the development of the symphony (western classical tradition), to jazz, to impressionism, expressionism and neo-classicism. There are lots of opportunities to develop your confidence, from private tuition each week to extra-curricular activities such as jazz band, wind band and choir. A highlight for me every year is Industry Week, where you can attend loads of music related workshops, delivered by music professionals."

Adam Woodhouse, previously at Noadswood School


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.