Faculty of Media and Performing Arts
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Media and Performing Arts Level 3 - A Level Centre for Music and Performance 2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course will lead to an understanding of the techniques of composition and performance and give a historical perspective of music styles.

As well as being taught as part of a group you will be involved in small group projects and in individual research for assignments. You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and end of year examinations, including a performance recital.

What topics will I study?

You will:

  • Perform, compose and critically appraise music throughout the course
  • Join orchestras, choirs, bands and other groups to supplement your study
  • Take trips to professional concerts
  • Practise in purpose built recording studios, rehearsal suites and performance areas
  • Attend masterclasses and workshops led by industry professionals.


What experiences will I get?

Performing opportunities in orchestras, choirs, bands or as a soloist are numerous at Exeter College. Various concert trips may be arranged.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 4 in English language and in maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: Six GCSEs at grade 4 or above.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: Grade 3 in GCSE Music and/or grade 5 theory, along with previous participation in music ensembles would be an advantage. You must be able to read standard music notation confidently and be familiar with both treble and bass clefs. You should have grade 3 theory or have an understanding of theory at this level and be able to perform at a standard equivalent to grade 4/5, even if you have not taken a performance exam.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course can be combined with other courses to make a full programme.

What facilities are there?

Our Centre for Music and Performance includes recording studios, rehearsal suites and performance area. You will have access to a learning resource centre.

What can the course lead on to?

You could go on to a higher education course. This A Level will also provide a suitable background for work in areas such as performance, composition, music teaching and music therapy.

Are there any additional costs?

There are some costs of materials and resources – click here to find out more.

What do our students think?

Exeter College Music Academy has given me the opportunity to develop my solo and ensemble playing in numerous choirs and ensembles. It has inspired me to carry my music performance on next year at university.”

Exeter College Music Department has both inspiring courses and lecturers which helped me build myself as a musician and a person to which I owe everything! I have just finished a BA Hons in Music and am working towards being a music therapist."

Exeter College was the perfect place for me, I received the encouragement I needed from the teachers to pursue my passion for singing. In my gap year I auditioned for music colleges and was offered a place at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to study on their undergraduate course. Just before Christmas I did postgraduate auditions in London and gained a place at my first choice, Guildhall School and Music and Drama. Without moving to Exeter College I would not have had the confidence to choose and continue on this path and for this I am eternally grateful."

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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