Music

What will I study?

Do you love singing or playing music? Do you enjoy writing your own songs or creating your own music? Do you enjoy listening to and discussing a wide range of music? Music A-level is the course for you to help to become a confident and creative musician. You will further develop your practical skills through the many performance opportunities we offer. You will also study and analyse a range of music, from symphonies to rock and pop.

What do students do afterwards?

The majority of our A-level music students have progressed onto music or arts-based courses, at university or Conservatoires. We’ve also had students go on to study a range of other subjects, like maths and science. Music A-level is highly regarded by all universities as a subject that is rigorous, both academically and practically.

How will I be assessed?

30% performance (recital); 30% composition portfolio; 40% exam at the end of the course.
Note: At A2, you can choose to specialise in composition (35%).

What can I do to prepare?

Get involved in as many musical activities as you can – bands, writing and listening to music. Talk to Mrs Beattie or any of the peripatetic teachers or students who have taken the course. We will give you a full bridging programme when you finish your GCSE course and we can help you with any bits you are stuck on.

“After studying music at CCW I went on to gain a first class degree in the subject. This has enabled me to successfully pursue a career I am passionate about and simply love.” – Abigail Hall