Music at Ashbourne

At Ashbourne we see high standards of performance and practical music making as the means to academic excellence both in college and beyond A levels. A level Music at Ashbourne offers a great opportunity for students to explore their cultural interests, and combines creativity with performance, built upon a strong grounding in musical history and analysis.

Music scholarships

As part of our commitment to music Ashbourne offers a limited number of A level Music scholarships.

Music syllabus and examinations

Ashbourne’s A level Music course follows the AQA syllabus and tests music appraisal (40%), performance (35%) and composition (25%).

Ashbourne A level Music students are encouraged to draw on repertoire they are already familiar with and our music events have taken in a broad range of composers, styles and approaches.


Musicians at Ashbourne are actively encouraged to participate in our flourishing music scene. We have two chamber concerts per year at St Mary Abbots Church, Ashbourne Revue show in December and our Creative Arts Event in the Spring. Our professional ensemble in residence, the Edison Ensemble, work with student composers and give an annual concert at The Warehouse near Waterloo. We also organise student trips to operas, musicals and concerts as part of our programme of cultural visits.

Ashbourne concert, 2017