If you excel at playing a musical instrument or can sing or compose, then A Level Music is the perfect course for you. After all, you will get to study what you love.
Whether your main passion is performing, composing, or listening and analysing music, you will be able to develop skills in all three and in your second year specialise in performance or composition.
You will also develop your performing skills to a high level, benefit from lessons and coaching sessions and become involved in a wide range of performances.
In addition, you will have the chance to go on many different concert trips both here at home and abroad.
Why choose Brock for Music A Level?
At Brock we believe that musicians flourish amongst other musicians, and all our music teachers are active music practitioners at some level.
Our large Music department gives you the ideal environment to develop your musical skills by performing with others in groups and ensembles.
You will also benefit from our various music rooms and resources. These include modern Mac computers running Logic and Sibelius software, Bösendorfer, Bechstein and Yamaha pianos, recording studios and drum studios, plus well-equipped teaching and practice rooms.
Teaching & learning
As well as group lessons and discussions, much of the course involves developing your practical skills.
You will have individual tuition as part of your course, and if you require piano accompaniment this will be provided every week.
Importantly, you will learn about composition using a variety of methods including the latest in composition software.
Finally, we organise many trips that represent a vital learning resource as well as a pleasurable excursion.
- Work on your performance skills in order to become an even more confident and accomplished musician.
- Undertake composing tasks to help you develop skills and knowledge that will help you realise your musical potential as a writer/arranger.
- Learn to use industry standard software applications to write and arrange music.
- Develop your skills of critical analysis by appraising different works in detail.
- Expand your understanding of music theory.
- Build on your understanding of music history in terms of composers, eras and styles.
Minimum entry requirements
Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above to include:
- English Language grade 5
- Music (preferably grade 5)
Instrument or voice to the equivalent of grade V are essential and some keyboard or piano skills are desirable.
Completed grade V theory or working towards it.
Information & support
We will provide instrumental (or vocal) lessons at a subsidised rate for all students taking A Level music.
There is a £50 fee for the course, which pays for concert trips, equipment, scores and photocopying.
What can I do with this qualification?
In the past few years our A level musicians have gone on to study at a wide range of prestigious institutions.
These include: Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music, Trinity School of Music, Royal Northern School of Music and Royal Welsh College of Music.
They have also found their way into Russell Group universities like Cambridge and Southampton.
Brock has been absolutely brilliant in preparing me for my future, I feel happy and confident. My tutors are all so supportive and there is a really friendly atmosphere.
overall a level pass rate
Of students gained A* to B
Of students gained A* to C