Why Study Music A Level?

The course is aimed at those who have a serious interest in music and well-developed practical skills. It involves written, theory and aural work, as well as composing and performing. The course includes the study of American Popular Song, and associated artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole, but is mainly focused on ‘classical’ music, covering composers as diverse as Bach, Berlioz, Beethoven and Boulez.

A Level Music is highly demanding in the range of skills as well as the breadth of content and level of expertise it requires. 60% of the evaluation is coursework (composing and performing) with the remaining 40% being allocated to a listening examination where aural perception, stylistic recognition, technical understanding and historical development are tested. This includes short, technical answers, longer analytical responses and full essay answers which give the opportunity for a fuller exploration of the repertoire you have studied.

An ability to read both treble and bass clef fluently is essential for the study of scores. Grade 5 theory is an ideal preparation for this course.

Why study Music at Worcester Sixth Form College?

We have a dedicated suite of practice rooms and recording suite as well as access to Sibelius for composition tasks. Our excellent range of instruments includes Steinway grand piano, harpsichord, fortepiano (a copy of the type played by Mozart, Haydn etc) giving students a real insight into how the development of instruments affected the development of the music written for them and vice versa.

We welcome guest performers and encourage students to take part in enrichment activities such as Jazz ensemble, vocal groups and chamber ensembles. Our students are involved in the annual College production (band/on stage) as well as our May ‘Springfest’ showcase concert. We also attend concerts such as the Chipping Campden Music Festival.

Students studying Music (or Music Technology) will be offered subsidised individual instrumental/vocal tuition by a team of expert visiting teachers as well as theory support.

Colette Struthers

Colette Struthers

Music - Nunnery Wood High School
I previously studied at Nunnery Wood High School, where I took Music at GCSE. I chose to study Music A Level as I have a passion for music, both playing and listening, and I wanted to study the subject in greater detail. I also study Music Technology, Maths and Politics. Studying Music ties in nicely with Music Technology but it also complements Maths, as music theory can be similar to Maths, and Politics because both subjects require analysis. The subject is good because it develops performing, composing and listening skills, and this combination of different aspects makes it really enjoyable. I’m part of Worcester Youth Orchestra and the College jazz band, both of which help with performing. I plan to study Politics and Sociology at university but I will stay being involved with music alongside this.

Progression Opportunities

Music is a highly regarded academic subject which enables students to progress to further study at degree level both in Music itself but also in a wide range of other subjects.
Recently, students have gone on to the Welsh College of Music and Drama (Cardiff ), Goldsmith’s College (London), Keele, Bradford, Oxford Brookes etc.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
MusicGCSE Music at grade 4 or above or equivalent. Grade 4 or above on instrument or voice.Grade 5 theoryEssential to read treble and bass clef. Essential to recognise keys up to four sharps and four flatsOptional visits/workshops – approx. £30 Subsidised instrumental music lessons may be available.

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