Ashbourne’s Music department is committed to creativity and academic excellence. A level Music is not only an exciting and challenging course but can form the basis of a musical career.
A level Music at Ashbourne offers a great opportunity for students to explore their cultural interests, and combines creativity and performance with a strong grounding in musical history and analysis.
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 include solo and group pieces in their practical component – a combination of individualism and collaboration that is also an invaluable introduction for future professionals.
A flourishing musical scene
For years Ashbourne has had a flourishing musical scene with an active choir and the highly popular annual Ashbourne Revue which showcases students’ talents in Music, Dance, Drama and Fashion. We also organise student trips to operas, musicals and concerts as part of our programme of cultural visits.
Music, Art and Performing Arts play a vital role in the cultural and academic life of Ashbourne students.