A Level Music 

Entry Requirements

GCSE Music or equivalent, the ability to read music and to sing or play an instrument to approximately Grade V standard. 

I chose to stay at St Peter’s because the community aspect of the school really stood out for me while I was choosing which school to go to.  I took Music because it is something I really love and at St Peter’s there is a busy schedule of extra-curricular groups like choirs, orchestra and jazz band that help further improve your musical abilities while making it even more enjoyable. 

Lydia, Year 12

Course Outline

Component 1: Performing Solo or ensemble performance recital of approximately Grade 7 standard lasting eight minutes. 30% of the total mark
Component 2: Composing One composition and one extended harmony exercise lasting six minutes in total 30% of the total mark
Component 3: Appraising 2-hour written examination based on set works that you will study during the course. 40% of the total mark

St Peter's pushed and encouraged me in the early stages of my musical life, providing me with many opportunities to perform, compose and even teach, both internally and externally at a professional level. The Music Department supplied me with a set of indispensable skills which I have utilised throughout my journey, getting me to where I am today. I am forever indebted to the department who devoted so much of their time to ensure that I had as good a grounding, if not better, than any other prospective music student. I am currently a Choral Scholar and music student at Royal Holloway, which is the top mixed collegiate choir in the UK having just reached no.1 in the iTunes Classical Albums Chart.

Laurence, Former Student

The Future

Music A level is a rigorous academic qualification which is highly regarded by top universities and future employers. 

Careers in Music include:

  • Professional composing, performing and session playing
  • Music therapy
  • Arts administration
  • Classroom music teaching
  • Peripatetic instrumental/vocal teaching
  • Music production and recording

I don't think I would be where I am in life if it wasn't for the Music Department. I am currently loving university and I'm just very grateful to God for how the staff helped me, especially with music where they always pushed me. I am so glad today because of the recent opportunities I have got which I would never dreamt were available to me. Thank you so much for never giving up on me.

Peter, Former Student

Transferable skills

Even if you do not study Music in Higher Education or are not looking for a career in Music, you will learn a range of skills that are attractive to universities and future employers:

  • Commitment
  • Self-management
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Confidence
  • Creativity
  • Analytical skills
  • Listening skills
  • Communication & presentation skills

You will enjoy the course if you have a keen interest in performing, composing & listening and are willing to take an active role in music making both in and out of school.

A Level Music has brought joy and relief  in a tricky couple of years for me, along with the academic stimulus I need. It has allowed me to deepen my musical knowledge and understanding every day in all strands of music, from analysis and composition to rehearsals and performances, improving my analytical, written and presentation skills as well as giving me a form of expression and creativity. I think the best thing about music at St Peter's is the personal attention and dedication that is shown for each exam student. For example, I know that whichever career path I choose in the music sector, the music staff will not only support me but will go way beyond their role as teachers to help me achieve my goals.

Jessica, Year 13

Students studying Music in Higher Education


E. King – Royal Holloway, University of London
(Music BMus Hons)

H. Matthews – Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
(Music BMus Hons Vocal Performance with Scholarship)


A. Smith – Bath Spa University
(Music BA Hons Commercial Music)

H. Matthews – St David’s Cathedral (Choral Scholarship)


N. Burch – University of Chichester Conservatoire
(Music BMus Hons Vocal Performance)


H. Soares – University of Oxford, Oriel College
(Music BA Hons with Choral Scholarship)

B. Johns – Royal Academy of Music
(Post-Graduate Vocal Performance Scholarship)


W. Burden – Birmingham Conservatoire
(Vocal Performance Scholarship)

C. Collins – St David’s Cathedral (Choral Scholarship)

A. Perkins – University of Chichester (Music & Musical Theatre)

C. Slemensek – University of Gloucestershire (Popular Music)


J. McGeoch – BIMM (British & Irish Modern Music Institute)
BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship – Drums

L. Padfield – Royal Holloway, University of London
(Music BMus course with Choral Scholarship)

D. Ryan – Royal College of Music
(Post-Graduate Composition Scholarship)

Studying Music at St Peter’s greatly aided my development as an academic musician and performer. Furthermore, I benefited greatly from the wealth of extra-curricular activities offered by the department, such as choir and musical theatre productions. With the support and encouragement of my teachers I won a place to read Music at Oxford University with a prestigious choral scholarship, and I am now training to be a professional opera singer.

Bernadette, Former Student