Why study Music?

If you enjoy performing, composing and want to improve your understanding of the music you enjoy, then this is the course for you.

Course components at A-Level

Performing, Composing and Appraising (including the History of the Symphony, Musical Theatre and Music in the Twentieth Century)’

St Pauls Cathedral
Sixth Form student conductor

Opportunities beyond the classroom

We expect our A-Level Musicians to take a leading role within our broad range of music ensembles. You are actively encouraged to participate in chamber music and perform solos within our busy concert schedule. A-Level Musicians have previously been offered the opportunity to perform a concerto with the Symphony Orchestra in the Cathedral.

What this subject might lead to

You may wish to continue your studies in Music by taking a degree course at university or Music college. But many students also go on to read other subjects at university. Studying Music shows diversity in your subject choices, as well as cultural involvement at a high level and is accepted for most degree courses. Most former A-Level musicians continue playing their instruments/singing at university for enjoyment. Each year we have a small number of students that go on to become choral scholars at Oxbridge.

Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)

The Standard level for Performance in Year 13 is Grade 6 and the Higher level is Grade 7+. Grade 5 Theory is highly desirable and ideally you will also have done GCSE Music.