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Music A Level at Worcester Sixth Form College

Course description

The course is aimed at those with a serious interest in Music, and well developed practical skills. It involves written, theory and aural work, in addition to composition and performance. If you are interested in exploring the techniques behind the music of composers as diverse as Bach, Mozart and Stravinsky, then this is the course for you. Your skill as a performer contributes 40% of your overall marks.

Course content

  • Analysis of a wide range of scores and recordings
  • Variety of tasks to complete, including stylistic compostion using the musical language of Mozart and Haydn and instrumental compostion.
  • Assessment of practical music skills.
  • Opportunity of entry for Associated Board Practical and Theory exams. 

Entry requirements

  • GCSE Music at grade C or above or equivalent.
  • Grade 4 or above on instrument or voice
  • Desirable: Grade 5 theory

Essential to read treble and bass clef. Essential to recognise keys up to four sharps and four flats.


  • Music History - Listening and writing will be examined
  • Composition - Coursework
  • Performance - Practical examination assessed by an external moderator

Financial information

Optional visits/workshops - approx £30. 

Future opportunities

Many universities offer degrees in Music with a wide variety of specialisms including composition, historical studies and performance. The specialist Music colleges also offer great opportunities for outstanding performers. Many insititutions now offer courses in popular and commercial music, including television and film.

Further information

Resources and Facilities

  • Free peripatetic lessons for A Level Music students on most instruments.
  • Sixteen PCs running Cubase and Muse Score
  • A purpose-built practice, rehearsal and recording suite
  • Time is available for rehearsing of indivdual and group pieces.
  • A recently restored Steinway Concert Grand Piano

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Annual musical production with a College band
  • Opportunities for ensemble performance and recording
  • The Performing Arts Academy which puts on two productions a year including a large scale musical with a band drawn from College students and an end of year showcase.

Special Course Requirements

Students must be able to read treble and bass clef fluently and know their key signatures up to 4 sharps and 4 flats. Grade 5 theory highly desirable.

Participation in timetabled rehearsals (C block) and Thursday afternoons.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worcester Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
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