Music A level study is a balance of performance, composition and appraisal. It is for any student who has a passion for creating and exploring music at a deeper level. It is an academic subject which counts towards any university course. It teaches transferable skills such as performance and presentation, independent learning and analytical thinking. 


Performing – 30% You will perform a wide range of pieces throughout the course in a style of your choice. You will also be required to perform a solo performance of between 8 and 10 minutes. There will be several opportunities to gain performing experience in concerts and recitals to develop your skills and experience. 

Composing – 30% You will compose two pieces of music, a total of 6 plus minutes long. Composition 1 is a free choice and composition 2 is chosen from four different briefs set by the exam board. 

Listening and Understanding – 40% This unit consists of a listening exam and written paper, taken under examination conditions, testing aural skills and essay questions on a selection of set musical works given by the exam board. 

Course Requirements 

Grade 6 in Music GCSE (BTEC not accepted) OR Grade 5 ABRSM theory 

Links to HE 

Music A Level can open doors to a range of education and employment pathways in: Music Being a musician isn’t the only career in music – other options include being a sound technician, community musician, music therapist, teacher, or private tutor, or a range of careers in the music industry, in a concert hall or music venue. Professions such as medicine, law, accountancy Music is highly regarded as an academic subject and so could complement your other studies in leading to a professional career.