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Music at Dudley Sixth

Course description

The course aims to develop candidate’s knowledge of a range of musical styles, both classical and popular. Candidates will also progress their knowledge of music theory and put this into practice in compositions and analysis.

Furthermore core skills of analysis, self-discipline, essay writing, focus and creativity form a large part of study.

Course content


Students will look at two areas of study in the first year, the western classical tradition and popular music. In the second year you will also study piano music from the romantic period.


In this unit students will develop the skills to practice music effectively and perform in front of others.


Finally students will take the music theory that they learn in the analysis unit and put it into practice as they compose freely as well as in response to a set brief.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 standard in an instrument is required as a minimum in the first year, rising to a minimum of grade 7 in the second year.

A qualification in music is required such as grade B in GCSE, a distinction in BTEC level 2 (where music theory has been an element) or grade 5 in music theory.

Candidates will also be required to write essays as part of musical analysis so a grade 5 in English will be required, in addition to the general entry requirements.


Written examinations and coursework.

Financial information

Studying at Dudley Sixth is free of charge, but if other costs are a barrier to you studying with us, we aim to help you to access financial support. Examples of support that could be available include:

Bursary fund

Students aged 16-18 attending a full-time further education course can apply for help with college related costs to the 16-18 Bursary Fund. More information about the 16-18 Bursary can be found at the website: or call 01384 363 555.

Care to Learn

Students aged under 20 needing help with childcare may be eligible for help with costs. More information is available from or call 0300 303 8610.

Free meals

The government has introduced a new scheme to provide free meals for eligible learners in Further Education. The purpose of this new scheme is to enable students who claim benefits or live with parents/guardians who claim benefits to access a healthy meal whilst at college without the cost becoming a burden. Call 01384 363 555 for more details.

Learner support fund

If you're 19 before you finish your studies then help is available through the Learner Support Fund (19+) which provides means-tested grants to help students aged 19+ with any additional costs of studying. Call 01384 363 555 for more details.

Free Bus Pass

If you are 16-18, and a student of Dudley Sixth, you will be eligible* for a free bus pass, as long as you live one mile away or further from where we are based, and are not already in receipt of other financial support.

*Students with disabilities who are unable to access public transport may still be able to receive help.

If you have costs other than those mentioned here, which make it difficult for you to start or complete a course, you should still apply for help.

Future opportunities

Higher education.

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: 09 February 2017
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