Department Information

Making music involves more than the voice or fingers playing an instrument; a child learning about music has to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously. For instance, people use their ears and eyes, as well as large and small muscles. Music is a language, music is an academic subject, Music is an art form. It’s a subject which covers a multitude of different aspects and offers countless opportunities.


Key Stage 5


RSL Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (1.5 A-Levels)


Competent Instrumental/Vocal ability


  • L2 Music Qualification (such as BTEC L2, GCSE Music, Other)
  • ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory
  • Instrumental Grade 5


Unit 363 (Session Musician) - 10% of final grade

Unit 366 (Music Production) - 15% of final grade

Unit 333 (Live Sound Engineering) - 15% of final grade

Unit 349 (Musical Careers) - 15% of final grade

Unit 366 (Musical Performance – Externally Assessed) - 30% of final grade

Unit 316 (Understanding Musical Styles) - 15% of final grade

Each unit involves a guest music industry professional to deliver a workshop or lecture. There are also numerous live performance and studio recording opportunities.  A vocational ‘live sound’ visit to a live music venue, where students work alongside a professional sound engineer.  

Year 12

  • Playing solo and in ensembles, analytically investigating sophisticated musical styles and nuances.
  • Arranging and sequencing digital musical formats.
  • Producing and mastering recorded music.
  • Operating a mixing desk/PA in a live music situation.   

Year 13

Playing competently under musical direction within various musical styles.

Performing music (solo or in ensemble) set to a brief. This will be externally marked.

Being able to analyse music theory aspects to an extensive and sophisticated level.  


Year 12

Year 13

Session Styles (playing in different genres)

Rehearsal Techniques

Operating a Front of House Mixing Desk

Instrumental Development (Primary Instrument)

Digital Music Programming

Sight Reading Music (Primary Instrument)

Re-Mixing Music

Rhythm Reading Development

Music Production

Modal Harmony

Setting up a monitor mix

Investigating Sub-Genres of Music

Investigating careers in Music