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Music A Level

Level 3
A Level
Two years
Telephone: 01792 890700 (Gorseinon)


This course is designed to inspire and develop your passion for music, while providing you with a comprehensive understanding of its theory, history, and practical elements. Throughout the course, you will explore various musical styles, analyse compositions, and gain proficiency in performance and composition. 


  • Develop a thorough understanding of music theory, notation, and terminology 
  • Enhance your practical skills through solo and ensemble performances 
  • Analyse and critically evaluate a diverse range of musical works 
  • Cultivate your creativity and compositional techniques 
  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of music history and its cultural context.


By the end of this course, you will: 

  • Possess a wide repertoire of musical knowledge and skills 
  • Be able to express your ideas and emotions effectively through performance and composition 
  • Analyse and interpret complex musical works with a critical eye 
  • Understand the historical and cultural significance of different musical genres 
  • Be prepared for further study or a career in music.

Key information

  • A minimum of seven GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language
  • Grades A or B in GCSE Music or Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM) 
  • A genuine interest in music and a basic understanding of musical concepts 
  • It is also beneficial to have proficiency in playing a musical instrument or singing 
  • The ability to read music notation is essential, as is a willingness to actively participate in practical activities, group performances, and individual practice.

This course will be delivered through a combination of classroom sessions, rehearsals, and individual practice. Assessment methods include written examinations, practical performances, and composition portfolios. Grading criteria will evaluate your understanding of music theory, your technical proficiency in performance, your composition skills, and your ability to critically analyse musical works.  

Your areas of study will include Religious Choral Music (1730-1890) and Musical Theatre. The current music tutor at Gower College Swansea was awarded a ‘Pearson Teacher of the Year Award in 2021’ and they will provide regular feedback and guidance and will support your progress and development throughout the course.

Successful completion of A Level Music opens up a range of progression opportunities. You can pursue higher education in music-related fields such as musicology, composition, performance, or music production. Many students choose to continue their studies at university or conservatories to further enhance their musical expertise.  

A Level Music also provides a solid foundation for careers in the music industry, including performance, teaching, music journalism, music therapy, and arts administration. Additionally, the transferable skills acquired during this course, such as teamwork, communication, and critical thinking, are highly valued in a wide range of professions outside of the music sector.

Our A Level Music course offers various opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular music groups, including a choir, orchestra, and jazz band. These groups provide a collaborative and enriching environment for students to further develop their musical skills, gain performance experience, and form lasting friendships with fellow music enthusiasts.

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