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Music at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Music?

As a music student at Runshaw you will enjoy our superb Music facilities, which include a specialist studio with grand piano, digital piano, and five spacious, well-equipped practice rooms.  

Our teachers are highly qualified, experienced examiners many of whom are graduates of leading UK Conservatoires or Music and are professional musicians who perform extensively. As a result, our results are excellent, with consistent 100% pass rates, consistently good high grade achievement and excelled added value.

As a Music student at Runshaw you will join the Runshaw Music Academy giving you the chance to take part in trips, guest lectures and allowing you many performing opportunities involving instrumental bands and ensembles, choirs, rock music workshop, concerts and concert tours (both local and international).

Our students in recent years have progressed to:

  • The Royal College of Music
  • Trinity College of Music
  • Birmingham Conservatoire
  • The Royal Northern College of Music
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Oxford and Cambridge University 
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • Bangor University
  • Durham University
  • Leeds College of Music
  • Leeds University

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 100% of students achieving A*-A grades in Performing.

What will I study?

A Level Music covers the areas of composing, performing and listening.

You will:

  • Compose your own music and learn to write in different musical genres
  • Perform as a soloist and as a member of an ensemble
  • Listen to and analyse music - both classical and jazz

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 5 equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.

For Music specifically, this should include:

  • Grade 5 in Music OR
  • Grade 5 ABRSM Music Theory AND
  • Grade 4 practical in an instrument (or an equivalent standard - please see the Head of School for more information).


How is the course assessed?

  • Performing: A 10-12-minute recital as a soloist, assessed by a visiting examiner;
  • Composition and Harmony: Two compositions which are produced as coursework and sent to the exam board to be marked;
  • History of Music and Listening: A 2-hour-15-minute written examination worth 40%.

Students can choose to assign either 35% or 25% of their marks to performance or composition, depending where their strengths lie. The analysis and listening is always worth the remaining 40%.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

A Level Music is accepted by universities for a wide range of courses and a large proportion of students go on to study Music at either university or music college. As a Music student, you will develop a range of skills that will stand you in good stead for music-related careers, but that are also transferable to a very wide range of jobs. The career opportunities include freelance performing, conducting, orchestral playing and orchestral management, working at the BBC, music librarianship, publishing and retailing, lecturing, classroom and instrumental teaching, music therapy, cathedral music and instrument making.

Music graduates are also welcomed by employers in such non-musical fields as the civil service, accountancy, insurance and computing.

Where are you going?

  • Conductor
  • Performer
  • Designer
  • Music Therapist
  • Teacher

Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?

A Level Music is considered to be a rigorous academic course and therefore fits very well with any combination of A Levels.

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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: 21 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LAMUSIC

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