OCR A Level Music Level 3

Full Time

A Level Pathways

Our A Level subjects are clustered into pathways to help guide you towards your career goal. You should choose and follow a specific A Level pathway, taking subjects from the core and additional choices listed. Other subject choices are also available depending on timetabling.

This A Level is include within the following A Level pathways as a CORE subject: Performing Arts and in the following pathways as an ADDITIONAL SUBJECT: Creative Arts; Maths, Physics and Computer Science. (Other options may also be available, depending on timetabling).

About the course

A Level Music includes performing, composing and appraising. The course sets standards for critical judgement transferable to learning in other subjects.

Recital Programme: rehearsals and preparation for your performance portfolio, which should last minimum 10 minutes and can include solo and ensemble pieces of your choice. You will have the opportunity to participate in recital evenings during the year in preparation for your final performance.

Composition Assignment: produce two compositions during the two-year study programme. One composition will be to a brief set by OCR and one to a brief set by you.

Listening and Appraising: study in depth the development of Classical instrumental music, the development of popular song, religious music of the Baroque period and Programme Music of the 19th century.

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above. In addition, treble and bass clef and music theory up to grade 4. Those with grade 3 in GCSE Music but with instrumental and/or music theory grades to grade 4/5 might also be considered. Alternatively, grade 4 theory might also be considered. Alternatively, grade 4 theory without GCSE Music is an acceptable entry qualification, if you have suitable practical skills – a minimum of grade 4 in any instrument or voice.

Where next?

Previous students have gone on to study at some of the country’s most prestigious performance-based schools and universities.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help

What additional resources will I need?

You will be given handouts and materials for the course to support your studies.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

New College is unable to provide funding towards the cost of instrumental music lessons for students taking the A Level Music. However, learners who feel that they are facing particular hardship or financial difficulties may apply to the Learner Support Fund for financial assistance up to a maximum of £200. Applications may be made via the Student Services and will be considered on an individual basis.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: themis.toumpoulidis@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk