A Level


  • Course type

    Level 3

  • Awarding Body


  • Duration

    2 years

Introduction to Music

Practical music-making is integral to this course. Music A level provides an excellent all-round education in the varied aspects of music-making. It is a creative and academic subject which provides opportunities to explore your own preferred musical styles, whilst expanding your musical horizons. The course embraces a myriad of music, whilst also providing a focus on traditional Western classical music.

Entry requirements

  • Subject grades: option a

    GCSE grade 6 in Music and grade 5 instrument or voice.

  • Subject grades: option b

    Grade 5 instrument or voice and Grade 5 Music Theory (or equivalent).

  • Required Admissions Score

    The indicative Minimum Entry Admissions Score for Music is 58.

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About the Course

If you love music and are keen to evolve your skills in performing and creating music, this is the course for you. In addition to practical music-making, you will explore a broad range of set works, from popular music to film, fusions to works written in the western classical tradition.

Fifty percent of the course allows you to work in your preferred musical styles; you will also build your aural, analytical and essay writing skills through collaborative lessons on set works. Performance is a key part of the course so you must have regular lessons with a suitably qualified professional on your main instrument or voice. You will be encouraged to take part in the lively and diverse extra-curricular music programme

2023 Music A level results


19% of our students achieved A* to A


62% of our students achieved A* to B 


100% of our students achieved A* to E

Course information

Choose Music because you love music and are eager to unravel the performance, creation and analysis of music at an advanced level.

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Hear from our students

I love Music at Hills because every lesson is great fun, working with others on a variety of pieces. I'm always in the music block at lunch playing and singing in all sorts of groups.

Kate, Year 12 student

The staff are so kind and they are always ready to assist you in reaching your potential.

Annelise, Year 12 Student

Quick facts


49 year 12 and 13 students take Music

4 hrs 20 mins

4 hours and 20 minutes of weekly in-class learning time

5 hrs

Students are expected to undertake 5 hours of homework for each subject, every week.