A Level Music

A Level Music is a two year course which will give you the opportunity to explore all areas of composing, performing and listening. Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this subject typically progress to study Music at either university or at music college.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Langdale Road, Leyland
    • Age Group
      School Leavers (16-18)
    • Course Duration
      2 years
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  • Overview

    As a Music student at Runshaw you will enjoy our superb Music facilities, which include a specialist studio with grand piano, digital piano, and five spacious, well-equipped practice rooms.

    Our teachers are highly qualified, experienced examiners, many of whom are graduates of leading UK Conservatoires of Music and are professional musicians who perform extensively. As a result, our results are excellent, with consistent 100% pass rates, consistently good high-grade achievement and excellent added value.

    As a Music student, you will become a member of the Runshaw Music Academy giving you the chance to take part in trips, guest lectures and allowing you many performing opportunities involving instrumental bands and ensembles, choirs, rock music workshop, concerts and concert tours (both local and international).

    Our students in recent years have progressed to:

    • The Royal College of Music
    • Trinity College of Music
    • Birmingham Conservatoire
    • The Royal Northern College of Music
    • Manhattan School of Music
    • Oxford and Cambridge University
    • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
    • Bangor University
    • Durham University
    • Leeds College of Music
    • Leeds University


    In 2017, the Music department created a partnership with Leeds College of Music and consequently, all of our students are guaranteed an audition, should they apply.

    A Level Music covers the three areas of composing, performing and listening.

    You will:

    • compose your own music and learn to write in different musical genres
    • perform as a soloist
    • listen to and analyse music – Symphonies of the Classical and early Romantic era, Jazz and music of the Twentieth Century
  • Entry Requirements

    For our A Level programme our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade 5.

    *Please note that A Level English requires a Level 6 in GCSE English

    *Please note that A Level Maths requires a Level 6 in GCSE Maths

    *Please note that A Level Sciences require a Level 6 in GCSE Maths and Science

  • How will I be assessed?
    • performing: as a soloist assessed by a visiting examiner
    • two compositions: assessed by coursework
    • history of music and listening: a written examination
  • Progression Pathway

    A Level Music is accepted by universities for a wide range of courses and a large proportion of students go on to study Music at either university or music college. As a Music student, you will develop a range of skills that will stand you in good stead for music-related careers, but that are also transferable to a very wide range of jobs. The career opportunities include freelance performing, conducting, orchestral playing and orchestral management, working at the BBC, music librarianship, publishing and retailing, lecturing, classroom and instrumental teaching, music therapy, cathedral music and instrument making. Also available are specialist workshops and master classes.

    Music graduates are also welcomed by employers in such non-musical fields as the civil service, accountancy, insurance and computing.

  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.