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A-Level Music at Winstanley College

Course description

Why should I study Music at Winstanley?

You will find that everyone in your class has a real passion for music of all different types. You should already have studied music in some form, and we expect commitment and enthusiasm. Every student will have a different experience of music and in the first few weeks we will guide you carefully through what is expected. Being both an academic and practical subject, this course is an excellent way to maintain your current involvement in music. Classes are taught through practical exploration, theoretical analysis and group work. The main focus is very much on understanding different approaches to music, and we will explore a range of pieces, from the jazz, classical and musical theatre idioms. You will need to be Grade 5 or above on your first instrument and have taken Grade 5 theory or above.

What subjects combine well with music?

The course combines very well indeed with a vast range of other subjects both creative (Art, Media, Drama), and science-based (Maths and Physics). It can be a stimulating contrast to other subjects too. Students choose this course because they enjoy performing, analysis, composing and sharing ideas with like-minded musicians


In the past, students have progressed on to courses at conservatoires, particularly the RNCM, and music, media, teaching and music technology courses at university. They have also, of course, taken places at the whole spectrum of prestigious universities to study non-related subjects, in a time when universities are increasingly looking for well-rounded students.

Enrichment activities

Outside of class we provide supervision of rehearsals in the lead up to performance exams and there are academic tutorials for those wishing to take extra support with coursework and essay writing. To extend your musical experiences you will undoubtedly wish to take advantage of concert visits. Recent activities have included watching performances at Ronnie Scotts, the musical Wicked, and concerts at the Bridgewater Hall.

We put on a range of concerts and musicals each year, and you can offer your services as a performer, conductor or technician. Recent productions have included The Little Shop of Horrors and Jesus Christ Superstar. Recent ensembles include Jazz Band, Folk Band, Fusion Group, New Orleans Band and Choir.

What facilities do we have?

Our brand new Media and Performing Arts facility houses two spacious music suites equipped with iMacs and MacBooks, two recording studios and three rehearsal rooms. Additional facilities include a 200 seat studio theatre with industry standard lighting and sound equipment, which we will happily train you to use. We have contacts with performers and practitioners in the industry, music colleges and universities in order to provide up-to-the-minute careers advice. Many of our former students are working in the industry now and we always welcome their return to the college to pass on advice to current students.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years