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Music AS/A Level at Reigate College

Course description

AS/A Level Music is suitable for all instrumentalists or vocalists who have already achieved a standard equivalent to at least ABRSM Grade 4 (or other recognised examination body). The course focuses on the disciplines of Performing, Listening and Analysis. Any musical style is suitable for performing, but the course includes a core study of Western classical musical. Confident musical literacy skills are essential, as is a willingness to be creative and involved with the musical activities of the Department.

Course content

The three broad areas of the course are as follows:

  • Performing Music – for which students have a free choice of instrument, style and repertoire in the preparation of a short recital
  • Composing – this is a specialist study of particular compositional techniques
  • Understanding Musical Style – in which students study a number of set works from across the historical and style range, in order to reveal how composers express and construct musical ideas

Entry requirements

Students will need 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above. In addition, students will be invited to attend an audition and interview with the Music staff after applying to follow the course. They should have achieved one of the following: GCSE Music at Grade C, ABRSM Grade 5 Theory, ABRSM Practical examination pass at Grade 4. Suitability for the course may be discussed with the department should alternative qualifications or experience be presented.

Students will do well on the course if they are:

  • creative
  • confident
  • natural performers
  • fascinated by the workings of music
  • good with IT
  • a team player
  • keen to develop their instrumental or vocal technique to a high standard


The course is assessed through a formal examination in June, externally assessed coursework, both for Composition and Performance.

The exam board for this A level is Eduqas.

Future opportunities

A Level Music is a requirement if students wish to study for a specialist Music degree or undertake a professional training course at one of the Conservatoires. Music can be studied as a single honours degree as well as part of a combined honours course, with a wide range of subjects (for example Business, English, Languages, Mathematics, etc.) A good pass at A Level Music makes a positive impression on university admissions for most degree programmes.

Further information

Music AS/A Level students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • A visit to ‘Handel House’, the London residence of Handel, including a private concert in the room where Handel himself performed
  • Royal Festival Hall visits, one a performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No.5
  • A trip to see the English National Opera’s production of Rameau’s, Castor & Pollux at the London Colosseum
  • Compostion workshops with professional ensembles, most recently the Camilli String Quartet
  • A chance to perform in the College's Winter and Spring Concerts and the College's annual Battle of the Bands as well as regular lunchtime recitals

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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