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Music A Level at Salisbury 6th Form College

Course description

Studying music at A Level gives you the power to engage with music more deeply as a performer, composer and listener.

Students are encouraged to be creative and to broaden their musical horizons and understanding with areas of study that inspire and challenge. A Level Music will enable students to explore performance and composition in greater detail and allow them to choose a specialism in performance or composition. 

There are many courses available at universities from which music graduates enter a hugely diverse range of professions both in and out of the world of music and the creative arts. Although A Level Music involves a lot of creative work, the theoretical study of music history and theory is sufficiently rigorous that it is accepted as a serious academic subject for entry to most university courses.

Course content

Students will explore musical context, musical language and performance and composition skills.

Students will engage actively in the process of music study and develop performing skills to demonstrate an understanding of musical elements, style, sense of continuity, interpretation and expression.

You will also develop composing skills to demonstrate the manipulation of musical ideas and the use of musical devices and conventions, and develop awareness of music technologies and their use in the creation and presentation of music.

Entry requirements

To study this course you will need a grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and grade B or above in GCSE Music or a good musical ear and the ability to play a musical instrument to approximately Grade 5.  Grade 5 Music Theory would also be a useful qualification.  It is essential to be able to read music fluently.  All students be will auditioned as part of the application process.


You will be assessed by a performance component which is a non-exam assessment completed during the course and submitted to OCR for assessment as well as a composition component and a non-exam assessment completed during the course and submitted to OCR for assessment. There will also be an examined listening and appraisal component sat at the end of the linear course.

Future opportunities

Music typically leads to a range of higher education courses including Performing Arts, English and Media. The skills of creativity, analysis and communication are also highly valued more generally in higher education and by employers alike.

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: 12 September 2016
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