Course Overview

This course is ideal for learners who are passionate about music! Whether that may be playing an instrument or singing, if you have a love for the culture of music in its broadest sense then this course is for you. The course is designed to develop students’ existing performance and skills to the next level and fully prepare the student for a degree in music, a future in the music industry, or just for the enjoyment of studying music in more depth.
You can complement your studies with enrichment activities including Jazz Rock Band, Orchestra, Wind Band, Mixed Voice Choir or further Music Grades. Lessons are also offered in partnership with the North Lincolnshire Music Service in all instrument families, piano and voice.

Regular performances are a key feature of the department and all students are invited to be involved either as ensemble members or soloists.

You could complement your studies with enrichment activities including Jazz rock band, mixed voice choir or music grades.

Learners can also participate in the Christmas and Spring concert.

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Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Are interested in following music as a career
  • Play an instrument or sing
  • Would like to study music at a higher level
Some of our students have progressed on to conservatoire study, music degrees or continued musical performance as an additional study at university.

What will you learn?

This course is assessed by performance (30%), composition (30%) and an appraising written exam (40%).


  • A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital
  • Performance can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music using music technology


  • Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by Pearson and one either free composition or also to a brief
  • One composition must be from either a list of briefs related to the areas of study, or a free composition
  • One composition must be from a list of briefs particularly assessing compositional technique such as Bach Chorale or an arrangement of a given melody.


  • Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language
  • Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works (vocal music; instrumental music; music for film; popular music and jazz; fusions; new directions)
  • Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works
  • Extended question writing on aspects of one area of study in depth using analysing techniques

What skills will you develop?

Skills students will develop on this course include:

  • Analysing and appraising Set Works
  • Developing live performance skills
  • Developing composition skills through pastiche work to a stimulus
  • Creative decision making and problem solving
  • Professional rehearsal
  • Independent listening 
  • Effort 
  • Resilience 
  • Time Management 
  • Collaboration  
  • Communication skills 
  • Teamwork
  • Self-motivation 
  • Leadership 

Progression Routes

There are a variety of different progression routes you can follow with this course. This can include different pathways to achieve numerous careers through Higher Education, Apprenticeships or directly into Employment. Here are some progression routes:

  • Peri Music Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Orchestra Player
  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Composing
  • Army Musician
  • West End Pit Musician
  • Dance/Drama/Music Therapist
  • Stage Management

A Level

Course Leader:
Sally Russell

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE Maths and English at Grade 5 or above with an average points score of 4.9 or above. Students must have the ability to play an instrument or sing at a grade 5 standard

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by performance (30%), composition (30%) and an appraising written exam (40%).