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GCE A Level

Equipment: Memory stick for audio files and coursework. Students can purchase their own copies of the sheet music of the Set Works to be performed for coursework at a cost of between £7-£14/piece.

Trips: Optional trips may incur extra costs. Music, Performance, Media, Film, Photography students went on a trip to New York City in June 2016.

Specific requirements

At the start of the course, you must be able to play an instrument or sing to Grade 4 standard or higher. (This does not mean you need to have taken any graded exams.). You must be able to understand standard music notation.

C (4) grade or above in English Language.

Entry requirements on ‘SSFC Course Information, Advice & Guidance’ document also apply.

What will I study?

This course involves performing, composing, listening and analysing music. You will improve your skills as a performer and composer studying both ‘classical’ and ‘popular’ styles of music; listen to and analyse a wide variety of music, developing a more informed appreciation of how and why it was written and study whatever area of music you are most interested in including contemporary music and technology.

Whatever your interests and background, you will become a more mature and ‘rounded’ musician and by being part of one of the largest departments of its kind in England, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded young musicians with plenty of opportunities to improve your skills. 

As one of the largest departments of its kind in England, you will find yourself surrounded by like-minded young musicians, and have plenty of opportunities to improve your skills.

Where does it lead?

Many of our leavers (about 40%) continue to study music or music-related courses after their time here at SSFC. We currently have alumni studying music at the UKs most prestigious Conservatoires (RNCM, BC, RWCMD), Universities (Cambridge, Oxford, Durham), and popular music ‘Institutes’ (BiMMs, ICMP)