Entry criteria:


1 - APPRAISING (examination June 2020 - 40%)

Students will develop their listening skills, analytical skills, contextual understanding and essay writing through the following areas of study:


                        Baroque: solo concerti by Purcell, Vivaldi and Bach

                        Classical: opera by Mozart

                        Romantic: piano repertoire by Chopin, Brahms and Grieg

             MUSIC FOR THEATRE

                        Numbers from Musicals including Oklahoma and Miss Saigon

            ART MUSIC SINCE 1910

Works by Shostakovich, Messiaen, Steve Reich and James MacMillan    

The exam paper involves listening to excerpts linked to the areas of study. Listening, analysing and contextual understanding are examined, using a range of short and medium answer questions, as well as extended essays.


2 - PERFORMING (recorded March 2020 - 35%)

Progress in performance is monitored and guided regularly as students work towards mastery of a recital programme. Final recitals with be recorded in March of the examination year before being sent to the external examiner.

Any instrument and/or voice

Solo and/or ensemble pieces

Mastery and quality of musical outcome is more important than the ‘grade’ of pieces


3 - COMPOSING (course work – 25%)

Students will develop their understanding of musical elements, especially harmony, in order to compose two substantial pieces of music which must total a combined minimum of at least four and a half minutes.

Composition 1 - to a brief set by the exam board (a Chorale in the style of JS Bach)

Composition 2 – pastiche or free composition


Higher Education

University Degree in Music (various specialisms are available) - BMus/BA/Bed

Conservatoire of Music Degree (specialising in Performing or Composing) - BMus


Career Opportunities

Composing and/or Arranging ~ Choral and/or Orchestral Conducting ~Arts Administration ~ Publishing ~ Editing ~ Orchestral Playing ~ Freelance Playing/Singing ~ Recording ~ Production ~ Media ~ Retail ~ Instrument Technology ~ Music Therapy ~ Teaching (primary, secondary, college or university) ~ Peripatetic Instrumental Teaching ~ Area Music Hub

Student Quote

‘I chose Music so I could pursue my studies after sixth form. It’s a specialist subject with lots of work but it’s great fun!’ Philippa, Music student