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Music A level at Woodhouse College

Course description

Music at Woodhouse College is taught as part of Barnet A Level Music Centre, where over 80 music students taught by specialist teachers combining commercial and classical styles with state of the art music technology. Students have opportunities to form their own bands, to sing in an SATB chorus, play in a symphony orchestra and/or in chamber ensembles. The emphasis is on developing original creative work through composition and analysis of the ‘classics’. There are regular visits to professional concerts, courses in conducting and learning to write music reviews, work experience with professional musicians and regular recitals and gigs in local venues.

Course content

If you want to learn more about musical performance, historical works, composition and theory, then this is the course for you. If you are planning a vocational career in music – be that in teaching, performance or composition, then this course will give you the grounding you need to move on to a specialist degree course. However, it’s also suited to those that simply love the subject, enjoy performance and want to develop their skills in this area. Although there is a practical element to this course you’ll learn a lot about the theories and historical examples that have shaped Western classical music. The course has a large amount of coursework, enabling you to explore different ways of working. You will mix classroom time with listening to professional works on DVD and trips to live music venues, workshops and performances. You’ll learn through listening to professional practitioners, before having a chance to interpret and experiment for yourself.

Entry requirements

B in GCSE music + grade V instrument or audition and at least a GCSE Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics.


Awarding Body - Edexcel

Future opportunities

50% of our students progress to study music at conservatoires or universities – for example Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Birmingham Conservatoire, BIMM and King’s College, as well as Manchester, Liverpool and City Universities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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