Accessibility links

Music A level at Carisbrooke College

Course description

To study Music at A level you need to be able to read notation to a good standard, be able to play an instrument to at least grade 5 standard and be a competent composer. During the course you will be required to develop your aural skills, analyse music of various genres spanning works by such composers as Mozart, Vivaldi, and Stravinsky, through to Kate Bush and the Beatles, and film soundtracks such as Batman and Psycho. You will also be required to record a solo recital and compose to a given brief.

Course content

The course structure requires performance, composition and a written exam.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements into the VI Form are a minimum of 5 A*-C Grades (or equivalent Level P9 - P5 English & Mathematics) at GCSE for A levels/Level 3 courses.

Most subjects have specific entry requirements, which can be found below. If you do not meet these requirements, an interview will be necessary with the subject leader and parents or carers to determine your suitability for the course and a trial period may be agreed:  B - Music and Grade 5 standard instrument skill.

Future opportunities

Music A level is a requirement for applications to the six UK Music conservatoires and for most Music degree courses. Music A level expands on the acquired skills and knowledge introduced at GCSE level and provides a firm grounding in the skills required to study Music at University level. A Music degree can assist you to pursue a career in performance as a member of an ensemble such as an orchestra or session work, composing for film and television, or teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carisbrooke College directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017
Provider logo

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years