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Music A-Level at Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College

Course description

You enjoy music, play at least one instrument and can read music fluently in treble and bass clefs. You’re willing to learn and are interested in music of all styles, including classical. Students often continue their music studies at university. For others music plays a central part in their life while they pursue other academic interests. A level music continues along the lines of GCSE music with its three elements of listening, composing and performing.

You will develop your skills as a musical performer and will record your solo performance. You will develop your composition skills and compose pieces yourself in response to a given brief. You’ll write a sleeve note to describe aspects of your composition and how other pieces of music have influenced it. You’ll listen to pieces of music to understand how they work.

You will study set compositions and harmonise a melody in a given style and analyse a score of unfamiliar music by answering questions on keys, chords, cadences, modulations and non-harmonic notes. You will have the opportunity to study music theory if you do not already have a sufficient grade. You should continue with instrumental music lessons and these can often be arranged through college.

You’ll also study elements of music technology and have the opportunity to gain an appropriate qualification. As well as theory and developing analytical composing and technical skills, lessons will obviously involve listening to and making music.

A variety of concertproductions are also held each year in the college's well equipped theatre.

Entry requirements

Grade C or better in GCSE Maths and either: grade A* or A in GCSE English, plus at least 3 other C grades or better at GCSE or: grade B in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.2 or better from at least 5 GCSEs or: grade C in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.5 or better from at least 5 GCSEs.

Subject Specific

To study music at A level you need to have gained a grade B or better in GCSE Music and a grade 5 or better on your main instrument.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 August 2016
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    • 1. Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs for the A590 and Barrow (33 miles).
      2. After 25 miles pass through Ulverston and then the villages of Swarthmoor and Lindal.
      3. At the third roundabout after this take the first exit, signposted Furness General Hospital and Furness Abbey.
      4. At the next roundabout take the second exit.
      5. Pass Abbey House Hotel on the left and take the first turning on the left into Rating Lane.
      6. The College is 400 yards down Rating Lane on the left hand side.