Studying this course will give you an understanding of the techniques of performance, harmony and composition, and a historical perspective on a wide variety of music styles
and traditions.

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Music
  • Qualification A Level 🧩
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Centre for Music and Performance
  • Course Length 2 years
100% Pass rate in 2019

Any A Level subjects can be combined. A Levels can also be studied alongside a BTEC Level 3 Certificate.

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

This course is ideal if you are enthusiastic and curious about a wide range of musical styles and genres and want to explore these in much greater detail through performance, composition and musical analysis.

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
  • Take trips to professional concerts
  • Practise in our purpose built recording studios, rehearsal suites and performance areas
  • Join Exeter College’s Music Academy, with its masterclasses and workshops led by industry professionals

Next steps: You could go on to a university or music conservatoire or work in areas such as performance, composition, music teaching, music journalism or music therapy.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements: Eight GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language and Maths).

Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations:A good intermediate performance standard is required on an instrument or voice (at equivalent to grade 4/5). You will do a short solo performance in the first week in which you will demonstrate an appropriate level of technical skill and musicality. Singers are strongly advised to learn the piano or guitar. You must also have a good basic understanding of music notation – you do not need to be able to read music fluently, however, you must know basic pitch (notes) and rhythm notation.


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

Additional Costs

There are some costs of materials and resources.

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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