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A Level: Music at De Lisle College

Course description

In A level music you will focus on three core areas of study, Performing, Composing, Listening and Understanding.

You will have the opportunity to study and analyse some of the great composers from Mozart to John Williams; the course offers a wide range of musical styles and genres to broaden your own understanding and appreciation of music.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to become an expert composer and develop your creative skills through composing in a variety of different styles. In addition you will have the time to develop and polish your own performing skills and work with others to rehearse and practise the music of your choice in preparation for concerts, school events and your end of year recital.


Course content

The new Edexcel Advanced GCE Music course — simple in design but comprehensive — is intended to be stimulating and enriching for students and teachers alike.

Students experience all three main musical disciplines of performing, composing and listening and understanding.


Students will develop performance skills (solo and/or ensemble), compose music and learn about harmony (the basics in Year 1 and stylistic studies Year 2). They will build up their aural and analytical skills by studying selections from the Edexel Anthology of Music (Edited by J. Winterson, Peters, 2016) and wider listening.


The full GCE course is excellent preparation for higher education courses in music, but is equally valuable for non-specialists as a second or third area of study.

The Anthology

The anthology remains the basis of historical and analytical study. Works are now grouped into three areas of study, Instrumental music, Vocal music and Applied music. It is hoped that in this specification students will enjoy working on different selections of work in each year of the course.

If you have a passion for music, a curiosity for composition or simply just love to perform, A level music promises to provide you with a stimulating and creative foundation to support your musical development

Entry requirements

To be accepted into De Lisle College Sixth Form students need to achieve 4 grade 4's and 2 grade 5's. A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths is recommended.

Additionally, this subject requires:

It is recommended that students wishing to take A level Music should have:

-Grade 5 standard on one instrument.

-Minimum grade 5 in GCSE Music.

-The ability to read and write music.

(ABRSM or equivalent in an instrument or voice will be taken into account.)


For more information please visit the De Lisle Sixth Form curriculum website.

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Future opportunities

This A Level would lead directly into subject related university courses and careers, and indirectly into a wide range of higher education courses and career choices.

  • BA (Hons) Music

  • BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

  • Careers in music production e.g. Musical Director

  • Careers in the theatre e.g. Theatre Manager

Further information

The College holds an ‘Into the Sixth Form Evening’ in November, where prospective students can find out more about the course. Otherwise further information on this course can be obtained by contacting De Lisle.


Applications can be made online via the De Lisle Sixth Form website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Lisle College directly.

Last updated date: 07 October 2018
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