Course Description

If you have a passion for music or singing then this course could be for you! This course will provide you with an opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques essential for musical performance, including compositional and professional practice, all of which are essential if you want to work within the music industry.

Entry Requirements

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 5/4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5/4 or above, or eight GCSEs at a minimum of grade 5. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.

GCSE Music or BTEC Level 2 Music, a proficiency (Grade 4 or equivalent) on a musical instrument or the ability to sing at a similar grade will be an advantage. Rockschool qualifications will also be accepted. Some knowledge of music theory would be useful for the Practical Music Theory and Harmony unit. To study Music, you will be required to attend an audition.

Features of the Course

This is a very practical course with active, fun lessons where you will gain hands-on experience in the art of performance skills and performing techniques. You will have the chance to study different genres of music such as pop, classical and jazz and the sessions are designed for you to further develop your own instrumental or vocal skills with the opportunity to experience ensemble performance. You must also be prepared to learn some essential musical theory.


There are four units in total, three of which are compulsory. Two components are assessed internally and two are assessed externally. There are elements of both written and practical work.

Component 1: Practical Music Theory and Harmony (internally assessed)
Component 2: Professional Practice in the Music Industry (completed under exam conditions)
Component 3: Ensemble performance
Component 6: Solo performance (internally assessed)

Exam Board: Pearson RQF

Enrichment and Work Experience

We have a fantastic enrichment programme you can get involved with in order to have some fun but also develop your skills and complement your studies. Enrichment opportunities include:
• The Sixth Form rock and soul band
• Musical theatre productions
• Friday foyer performances
• Brass ensemble
• Concerts
• Music technology/creating music

Additional Information

Students will need to bring their instruments into The Sixth Form on a regular basis during the course as most units have practical and performance elements.

Links With Other Subjects

Music blends well with many subjects including: Music Technology, Performing Arts, Media, Film Studies, Mathematics, English, and Computer Science.

Future Career Opportunities

Students go on to study traditional music and music technology degrees and can specialise in community, commercial and world music. Careers include popular and classical music, theatrical performance, film and television, computer gaming and advertising.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

You will be taught by a professional musician who plays for the renowned Black Dyke Band. He has won the European, National and British Open titles on numerous occasions and performed at Glastonbury in 2017. We have excellent facilities for you to learn and perform in, including state of the art sound and recording studios and a theatre for performances. Music to us is more than just a subject; it’s our passion! If you share this passion then we invite you to join us and be with like-minded people who are all striving to reach the same goal. We expect our students to be committed to The Sixth Form and our course and we promise to provide you with all the help and support you need to succeed.