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Music (GCE A Level) at St John Rigby College

Course description

The language of music is truly universal. Music students learn to work together within the various college ensembles; whilst developing performing, composing and analytical skills. The study of music is valued by employers and Universities as it reflects versatility, creative ability and good communications. Grade 5 Theory is a strong recommendation to students who have not already achieved it.

Course content

Within performace, students will create and perform a recital of ten minutes of music on their chosen instrument(s). The recital will be at the end of the second year with weekly performance and instrumental lessons to help build towards this throughout your time at College.

Composition will include two pieces of music that you will write yourself. One of these will be a free composition where you can choose the style and the other is a composition to a brief set by the exam board. Work for this unit is supported by 1:1 tuition and composition masterclasses.

In music analysis, you will be asked to listen to, and analyse, a range of instrumental and vocal music from different genres and traditions. You will need to write stylistic analyses of muscial works based on scores you have studied and unseen works.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE Grades (including English Language C) to include GCSE Music minimum C, Grade 5 Instrument or by audition.


Performance and composition are both practical assessments. Performance is 35% of your final mark and compostiion is 25% of your final grade. 40% of your grade is from a two-and-a-half-hour examination at the end of year 2.

Future opportunities

Due to the transderable skills that music offers, it is a highly regarded course for Higher Education institutions. Students progress to study Music and Music Technology at university and many are invited to apply for a conservatoire for further study of this specialist subject. Through our Maestro Programme we work in partnership with many prestigious universities as well as the Royal Nothern College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire.

Other career pathways from studying music realted course have included:

History, Management, Digital Marketing, casmology, Engineering, Computing Forensics, Music Therapy, Veterinary Nursing and Pharmaceutical Science.

Students have gone on to study at Salford, Derby, Huddersfield, Edge Hill, Bath, York, London School of Music Theatre, Gildford and Birmingham.

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: 05 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: MU-AL
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