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Music (A level linear – No AS examinations) at Gumley House Convent School

Course description

 The Music course is challenging and rigorous and is widely respected by all universities, including Oxbridge. It promotes communication, empathy, confidence and self-discipline. The qualification is beneficial to anyone considering a career in Music or the Performing Arts, but is also acceptable for entry to university courses such as Law and Medicine.

You will emerge from this course as a more confident musician with a deeper understanding of how music works on every level. You will get to know a rich selection of pieces which span genres including classical, pop, jazz and world music. You will hone your performance skills.

You will be taught in a small, seminar-type group with frequent opportunities for individual guidance and consultation. The lessons you have with your own instrumental or vocal teacher will also form an important part of your study.

You will be expected to complete around four hours of independent study a week in addition to your own vocal/instrumental practice. A level students are expected to take a leading role in the extra-curricular life of the Music Department.

You will enjoy this course if you are open-minded, hard working and passionate about Music.




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Performing is central to the course, and you will have numerous opportunities leading up to assessed recitals in the March of each exam year. You will compose an original piece and develop this interest if you wish. You will build on your knowledge of chords and learn the harmony behind Bach chorales and pop songs. In the summer of each year, you will take an exam based on your understanding of a range of set works from various styles.


Entry requirements

GCSE English and Mathematics at level 5 and three different subjects at a minimum of Grade C.  Grade IV standard in a musical instrument and either Grade B in GCSE Music or Grade V Theory is also reqiuired.   


Performances will be recorded in March following participation in recitals and master classes. Your compositions and technical study will be submitted as coursework.


This is a linear programme with exams taken at the end of year 13. 

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Lessons with instrumental or vocal teacher. 

Future opportunities

The qualification is beneficial to anyone considering a career in Music or the Performing Arts but is also acceptable for entry to university for a wide range of courses including Law and Medicine.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us or ask your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gumley House Convent School directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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    • The main entrance to the School is via Gumley Gardens off  St John's Road.

      The School is close to a number of bus routes- 267, 237, 235,117 and H37.

      There is limited parking in the school during school hours. There is metered street parking in South Street (off Twickenham Road).