Music 2
Music classroom


You will find that everyone in your class has a real passion for music of all different types.  

Why study Music? 

Every student will have a different experience of music and in the first few weeks we will guide you carefully through what is expected. Being both an academic and practical subject, this course is an excellent way to maintain your current involvement in music.  

Classes are taught through practical exploration, theoretical analysis and group work. The main focus is very much on understanding different approaches to music, and we will explore a range of pieces, from the jazz, classical and musical theatre idioms.  

You should already have studied music in some form and have achieved Grade 5 ABRSM equivalent on your instrument and have a Grade 5 ABRSM (or equivalent) theory qualification. 

What will I study?

Appraising music 

You will focus on listening, analysis and contextual understanding, analysing music from the western classical, musical theatre and jazz traditions. 


You will be performing as a soloist or a member of an ensemble with an instrument, your voice or through music technology (production). This will build your performance skills in readiness for the examination in the second year. 


You will explore different compositional techniques and harmonic understanding, though stylistic exercises, analysis, and listening. 

Which exam board & how will I be assessed?


You will sit an externally assessed written exam, worth 40%.  

Produce an externally assessed recorded performance of 10-12 mins, worth 35%. 

Create an externally assessed coursework piece worth 25%. 

Where could it take me?

Our music students progress onto courses at conservatoires, a great many at the RNCM with whom the Winstanley College music staff have a strong relationship. Students have taken places at a wide spectrum of prestigious universities to study both music and unrelated subjects.

Subject combinations

The course combines very well with a vast range of creative subjects such as all Art courses, Media and Theatre Studies. It can be a stimulating contrast to other subjects too. 

What support is available?

We will also provide support with specific areas that you have problems with, for example aural skills, theory skills or performing confidence. If you are keen to continue with music to university or conservatoire you will receive help with choosing which institution and which course is right for you from staff and alumni. We will also utilise the extensive cross-college study support. 

What extracurricular activity is available?

We provide supervision of rehearsals in the lead up to performance exams and workshops with visiting music staff. Recent trips have included New York and LA. At Winstanley College we put on a range of concerts and musicals each year, and you can offer your services as a performer, conductor or technician. We also run ensembles and jam sessions in various styles. 

Did you know?

Our students have gone on to study at some of the top music conservatoires including the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music. 

Recent graduates have gone on to be music producers, composers and opera singers as well as doctors, ecologists and biology teachers.