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A Level Music

Music is a highly respected academic course that will challenge and inspire you to gain greater expertise on your instrument, to understand good practice in composition and to improve your evaluation skills by analysing some of history’s greatest works.

Whether or not you decide to study music after A Level, this is an exciting course for any dedicated musicians.

You will have the opportunity to perform in a range of orchestras, bands and choirs and there are weekly opportunities for you to perform solo or ensemble repertoire.

Music theory lesson

Music theory lesson

What does the course involve?

In addition to your four weekly classes, all music students have access to music theory classes, leading to Grade 8, and lessons with a specialist performance tutor.
You will also have weekly, university style academic tutorial sessions in small groups.

A significant amount of support and exam preparation is given to every student through an individually tailored programme.

The course includes:

  • A Performance Recital.  
  • Composition, including advanced harmony and counterpoint, which is assessed through coursework.
  • Listening, History and Analysis leading to an exam. 

Scholarship programmes

The department also offers advanced training programmes for able musicians through the Academia Musica scholarship programmes.


There are national and international tours with College ensembles, regular trips to universities and visits to some of the finest concert halls to meet professional musicians and hear set works.

What can you do after the course?

This course provides an academic and practical grounding for both higher education and professional music opportunities. It is suited equally to those aspiring to a music career and to those who would like to develop a greater understanding of music and musicians.

Former students have gone on to study at some of the top universities and conservatoires.

A Level Music information pack

James talks about the Choral Scholarship Programme

Music Enrichment

The Enrichment area of this website has more information about studying and performing Music at Hereford Sixth Form College.

Herefordshire Music Fund

This fund is a charity established to provide financial assistance for the provision of music lessons to young people living in Herefordshire or attending a school in Herefordshire, who would otherwise have difficulty in accessing music through financial hardship.

Herefordshire Music Fund notes for applicants

Herefordshire Music Fund application form

Ben talks about studying Music

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