Music A Level is designed to allow you to pursue your own musical interests. Practical skills as a musician are central to this course, to actively engage in the process of studying music. You will develop your critical ear, performance skills, ability to compose music and manipulate musical ideas. You will build up your aural and analytical skills by studying contrasting genres, styles and traditions, developing understanding of musical contexts and a coherent awareness of music chronology. 


Music is a social subject, which promotes an engagement with music in order to promote personal, social, intellectual and cultural development. This course will broaden your awareness of music from different styles and cultures, improve your performance skills, and allow you to pursue your composition interests. You will develop your confidence in front of an audience and improve your planning and prioritisation skills.

Minimum Entry Requirements

GCSE Music Grade 6 or extensive evidence of current musical performance.

Combines well with…

Irrespective of whether you intend to study Music at Undergraduate level, Music A Level is highly sort after by top universities, due to the critical thinking and practical skills that are developed throughout the course. As such, Music combines well with all subjects, from other Performing Arts, to Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities and beyond.


Studying a Music degree at university or a diploma or college performance course. It can lead to careers in teaching, music production, music therapy or music management.