A Level Music enables students to study different musical genres in depth, whilst continuing to develop their performing and composing skills. The three components of the curriculum are:

  1. Performance – as soloist and/or as part of an ensemble;
  2. Composing – students develop their technical skills leading to the creation of a final piece in response to a chosen brief.
  3. Musical Understanding – listening to familiar and unfamiliar music and understanding how it works.

An A*-C grade in GCSE Music is required and students should have passed at least Grade 5 on their chosen instrument.

Studying music can help students develop a mix of social, technical and business skills that can all help in applications to universities and future employers, such as problem-solving, research, planning, analysis, critical thinking, creativity, discipline, composure under pressure, time management, communication, teamwork and self-motivation, as well as certain technical skills through using computers, equipment and software to create and record music.

Career paths

For students aiming to study music at university, music graduates have a wide range of career options available to them both inside and outside the industry, including: performer, teacher, administrator, songwriter, conductor, composer, recording engineer, manager, promoter, or music publisher. The range of roles can seem quite endless!

There are also more jobs than ever in music business related areas, such as: careers in digital marketing, social media, PR, technology, label services, ticketing and merchandising. It is also common to find music graduates in consultancy, finance, banking, music therapy and legal jobs.

Lichfield Cathedral School by Numbers

110 Miles between Lichfield and London
1981 Year school took on the new name ‘Lichfield Cathedral School’
1553 Year Lichfield gained city status
1709 Famous Lichfeldian Samuel Johnson born in this year