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Music A Level at Strode College

Course description

This course will provide you with a total music experience based on the key musical elements of understanding, composing and performing. You will develop your knowledge of music history and theory and your skills in performing and composing to prepare you for progression to a conventional higher education music course at a music conservatoire or university. You will be able to realise your compositions and scores using computer-based music desktop publishing and sequencing software (Sibelius/Logic).

Course content

Areas of study include: composing and arranging techniques, solo and ensemble playing and performance or realising a performance with technology, British popular music, the western classical tradition and the development of jazz.
Students are advised to take no more than two A Level visual or performance related subjects due to the quantity of coursework, deadlines and exam dates (Art and Design, Graphic Design, Textiles, Photography, Music, Music Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, Dance).
We have excellent teaching and rehearsal facilities and our students get to perform in a variety of local venues including Strode Theatre. Trips include a concert packed music trip to Berlin taking in symphony orchestra, jazz and ballet performances.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A* - C including English Language and Music or BTEC Music Level 2. Associated Board grade five or above on your first study is desirable. Experience in music performance and/or composition is essential.


The course will be assessed by a written examination, composition coursework and through performance.

Financial information

Sheet music.

Future opportunities

Music students can progress to a music degree and post graduate qualification at university or music conservatoire. Former students have gone to The Royal Northern, The Royal Academy, The Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal College of Music, Leeds University, Huddersfield University, Lancaster University and the Welsh National College of Music and Drama.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 April 2016

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