Harborne, Birmingham
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The music A Level course allows you to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for further study of music at a university or conservatoire. If you have a real passion for music, studying at A Level will expand and develop your passion whilst widening your knowledge and understanding of composers, genres and eras.

Why choose this?
The course allows for you to play to your strengths, adjusting the emphasis on composing or performing, depending on your preference and ability. The rest of the course aims to develop listening skills for which you have a mixture of set works and unprepared material. Again, there is flexibility in which set works you study, choosing between musical theatre, jazz and rock/pop as your specialism.

With the skills you learn in A Level music you will have an excellent foundation for any role in the music industry (further specific training may be required). The music business is a vast, vibrant and varied industry, employing huge numbers of people and generating billions every year globally. Music can also be a supporting A Level for many other pathways such as medicine and law.

Areas of study & assessment
Component 1: Performing – non-exam assessment, externally assessed by a visiting examiner
Component 2: Composing – non-exam assessment, externally assessed by an examiner 
Component 3: Appraising – written examination  
Area of study C: Students will explore music in the 20th Century.


  • We are a partner school of the Royal  Birmingham Conservatoire and this enables us to extend the educational offer within music
  • Attend evening concerts and lunchtime recitals at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Symphony Hall and Town hall
  • Masterclasses and workshops run by professional musicians and students from the RBC and CBSO
  • London over-night stay to the West End and visit to Warner Bros Studio
  • Workshops and talks with industry professionals

Music A Level allows you to develop your performing, listening, analysis and compositional skills. It is enjoyable and it allows you to think in a completely different way. The course allows you to explore a wide variety of genres and music styles that you wouldn’t necessarily listen too. So not only do you study classical pieces by Bach that one might associate with studying music, but, you also get to study contemporary, world and film music. Additionally, you receive a free music lesson per week which means you can either learn a new instrument to widen your musical abilities or have more lessons on your primary instrument to develop your playing.

A Level Music student