There are three main areas of study in the AS course:
- Performing Music: Solo & Ensemble. Students perform as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble choosing music from any style
- Composing: You will compose an original piece in a style of your choice. This could be a piece of vocal music, a piece for a small ensemble or an electronic piece. Students may also work with notation and record their work
- Developing Musical Understanding: theory, history, score reading & analysis. Students will study these aspects of music with their tutor in order to prepare themselves for examination
There are three main areas of study in the A level course:
- A Musical Performance: You will prepare for a solo performance, choosing a piece or pieces to work on with your tutor.
- Developing Musical Ideas: You will explore compositional technique and compose an original piece in a style of your choice for acoustic and/or electronic instrumentation
- Music in Context: You will learn about the Western Classical Tradition and the four decades of Jazz and Blues from 1910-1950
Performing Music: you will be assessed through recorded practical performance in college
Composing: you will produce work in controlled classroom conditions.
Developing Musical Understanding: you will sit a 1hr 45m listening and history examination marked externally.
A Musical Performance: you will be assessed through a 10-15 minute recorded practical performance in college which is externally moderated
Developing Musical Ideas: you will produce work in controlled classroom conditions over 20 hours. This is then externally marked.
Music in Context: you will sit a 2hr 15m listening and history examination which is marked externally
The course will be delivered in dedicated and well-equipped teaching rooms at Leeds College of Music in Leeds City Centre.
Please note you will need to audition with your instrument as part of your interview.
The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.
For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.
Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A levels.
Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.
In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.
Additional Entry Criteria - GCSE Music at grade A*-C and/or grade 5 Practical and grade 3 Theory (or equivalent).
This course equips students to study music at degree level and pursue a music-related career, as well as developing a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of music. Students may go on to take Music, Music Technology and Music Engineering as a degree subject, leading to working in the music industry, performing, recording or teaching.