• Do you enjoy Classical Music?
  • Do you play an instrument or sing to Grade 6 level?
  • Do you aspire to becoming a better musician?
  • If the answer to these questions is yes, A level Music could be the perfect choice for you.

Who can study Music at A level?

It is preferable to have taken GCSE but it is sometimes possible to take Music at A level if you have considerable practical ability, and a good general musical awareness and knowledge. Performance counts for 30% of the A level overall, so if you are of a standard equivalent to Grade 6 plus on an instrument or voice you can secure a considerable percentage fairly easily. As a musician you will be developing your practical skills anyway through your instrumental lessons and independent practice during the Sixth Form and by taking A level Music you will be able to use these skills to enable you to achieve a high grade.

What will I Learn and How will I be Assessed

The exam board is Edexcel and there are three components:

  • Performing Music performed on any instrument/s, either solo or ensemble for 8 minutes of grade 7 standard or above.
  • Composing two compositions lasting a minimum of 6 minutes.
  • Appraising focusing on listening to familiar and unfamiliar music through the context of six areas of study, each with 3 set works.

What goes on?

The Music Department at Dean Close is thriving with a host of musical activities – Choirs, Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Sinfonia, Choral Society and ensembles – and a full programme of concerts, musicals (bi-annually) and Choir tours abroad, including recent trips to New York, Venice, Paris, Salzburg and Vienna.

Concerts at the stunning Pittville Pump Room (generally involving student concertos) and Evensongs at St Paul’s Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey occur annually.

Masterclasses and concerts given by professionals happen on a regular basis as do Music Society trips to concerts and operas.

What will Music A level give me? Although Music has a practical element it is still considered a fully academic subject by universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Some of our musicians go on to study at the leading Conservatoires, sometimes on Scholarships, while others choose to study Music at University.

There is a strong tradition of Oxbridge Choral and Organ Scholarships with six past pupils on such awards at present. However, there are others who purely enjoy the welcome break Music can provide as a contrast to their other subjects, thereby giving a more rounded education and a chance to pursue creativity.

With a high chance of a top academic grade and studying within a friendly and vibrant department, why not consider Music?

Helen Porter Director of Music