A-level Music

A student

If you are serious about performing, composing and exploring a wide range of music genres, then this course is for you. You will be challenged as a musician; developing your understanding and enjoyment of music. This course provides an excellent basis to progress to higher education.

Course type

A-level (AS and A2)

Course length

A-level: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English Language, a grade B at GCSE music and/or grade 5 (theory and practical), and an audition. You will need to be working at grade 5 standard by the end of the first year.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • developing your performance skills and repertoire as an instrumentalist or vocalist
  • creating music as improvisation and common Western compositional techniques
  • harmony and music analysis across a wide range of genres and styles

On the course you will:

  • have performance opportunities both in college and across London venues to develop your confidence, repertoire and technique
  • specialist instrumental tuition and workshops from professional tutors
  • take advantage of NewVIc’s Music Advancement Programme (MAP) for free instrumental tuition
  • create your own composition portfolio
  • develop your aural skills, which are at the heart of good musicianship
  • explore new styles and use analytical skills

Method of assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework, written examinations and timed practical tasks.

What will I be able to progress to?

This is an ideal subject if you wish to study Music at university, or a music college such as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama or the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Music is extremely highly regarded, showing a high level of academic skill, as well as practical excellence. It complements other A-levels successfully, through the variety and range of skills involved.

Other information

Students taking more than one creative subject are usually part of Create, our unique creative offering that includes specialist advice, tutoring and exciting cross-disciplinary projects. A-level students will be part of the music leadership programme, which includes instrumental tuition and opportunities to work with specialist college in London.