What is A level Music?

Music is a subject for all! It builds your thinking skills and your confidence. Engagement with music at Rochdale Sixth Form College will make you a more rounded individual with the ability to establish yourself as a proper musician.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language. In addition, a grade 5 or above in GCSE Music or Grade 5 in Music Theory is required. Along with proficiency (grade 5 or above) on a musical instrument.

Subject leader

Simon Humphreys

"The music course at RSFC is great for building not only knowledge, but confidence in different aspects of music. The skills you can learn from this course are fantastic if you are considering a career in some aspect of music."

Clayton Sedgwick

what will I study?

The A Level Music course links closely with the different GCSE specifications, allowing for a smooth progression to A Level study. The course is divided into 6 units studied over two years which fall into three ‘strands’. You will perform a wide range of music as a soloist and as part of an ensemble, gradually building up a repertoire of music, which will be performed as short recitals. To enable our students to achieve their full potential in performance work, we provide the opportunity to focus their instrumental study with free tuition from a specialist tutor. We are able to offer lessons on most instruments including voice and piano, as well as a range of orchestral instruments. During your study of composition, you will explore a range of composition styles, choosing to specialise in a particular genre and writing to a brief. Your end piece will be 3 minutes long, realised for an ensemble of your choice. In the final part of the course, you will develop your musical understanding, refining your skills in listening, investigation and analysis. You will listen to a variety of set works from different eras and composers, and you will recognise musical features from each. The unit also has a theoretical aspect; you will learn about harmony and musical devices in relation to your listening and will be required to sit an examination in Summer.

additional activities with this subject

Music students have the opportunity to participate in additional activities such as deconstructing a popular song and editing elements using a variety of techniques. Music students also have opportunity to participate in a trip to London and attend a range of sessions with a variety of representatives from Higher Education due to the excellent links the department has with universities.


For September 2021


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