Music A level

Qualification: GCE A Level in Music
Exam Board & Specification Code: WJEC; Specification
Course Entry Requirements: C/4 in English Language GCSE and B/6 in Music GCSE or Grade 5 instrument 
Please make sure that you have understood the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.
Length and size of qualification: 2 year single course
Timetable hours: 4.5 hours per week
Assessment method: A combination of 2 written exams plus compositions and performances
BHASVIC Department: Media and Performing Arts
Head of Department: Cath Rowe

What will I study?

You will develop your solo and ensemble performance skills and learn to compose for different combinations of instruments and voices in a wide variety of styles. You also study and listen to classical, popular and jazz set works and develop both your knowledge of music history and your aural perception. Challenging areas include essay writing, improving aural perception skills and developing your knowledge and understanding of the theory of music.

Is this course right for me?

The course suits people who are strong performers, who enjoy composing and deepening their appreciation and knowledge of the development of Western Classical musical language since 1600. Studying A level music gives you the power to engage with and appreciate music more deeply. It also gives you the opportunity to perform and compose in whichever style you wish to and it enhances your versatility, creative ability and communication skills.

Where next?

Music A Level involves a lot of practical, creative work but it is sufficiently rigorous to be accepted as a serious academic subject for entry to most university courses. Students can choose to apply for conservatoires or start an apprenticeship/job in the sector after completing their studies. This Music A level course opens up possibilities in many different career areas including performance, composition and production as well as a wide range of jobs that are connected to supporting and promoting the industry such as event management, broadcasting/journalism and education. Careers where music is directly related to the job could include Music Therapist, Musician, Teacher and Sound Technician. Jobs where studying Music could be helpful are: Arts Administrator, Event Manager, Theatre Stage Manager, Sales, Tour Manager, Merchandiser and Public Relations Officer. Useful websites to research careers and wider progression options could include Careers in Music, UK Music, All About Careers and the Apprenticeship Guide.