• 100%

    pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects

    Summer 2019 (including Diploma Criminology)

  • 99.1%

    overall A-Level pass rate.

    Summer 2019 (including Diploma Criminology)

  • Free meals

    Eligible students may be entitled to bursaries and free meals.

Start Date: Duration: Level: Course location: Course Type:
01/09/2020 2 Year Level 3 Bede Campus A-Levels

What’s it all about?

This course is for anyone who wants to gain a further qualification in music and develop their music and performance skills.

You might want to explore career opportunities in music whilst studying other subjects.

Rather than the more ‘traditional’ A-level route, the programme has a greater emphasis on contemporary music. Although you will cover many musical genres, there is no focus on classical music.

You’ll need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language or Literature. You do not require a GCSE in music, however you will need some ability in the subject, either as a singer or instrumentalist.

You are also not required to be able to read music.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire There are no specific costs for course materials, however drummers are expected to have their own sticks/brushes/hot rods. Guitarists/bassists are expected to bring their own instrument, along with a lead and tuner. Keyboardists will also need a ‘jack lead’. Any other instruments, such as brass, strings or woodwind would require their own instruments. Other than that, microphones, speakers, amps, keyboards and drums are all provided. (They are also industry standard).

You will learn via classroom-based activities along with independent research tasks.

There is a huge emphasis on practical and ensemble projects. Although one of the units focuses on solo performance, you will gain considerable experience in rehearsing and playing live gigs.

Teaching Staff

You will be taught be experienced music professionals, who have vast performance and industry experience.


You will be assessed via a combination of live performances, rehearsals, workshops, presentations, research and written tasks.

There are no exams.

You will study three units in year one and another three in year 2.

The core units are:

Working as a Musical Ensemble

Music Performance Techniques

Solo Musical Performance

Over the two years, there are many performance projects and opportunities, along with more research-based units.

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What’s next?

The programme carries the same UCAS points as an A-level, allowing you the same opportunities for Higher Education as a ‘regular’ A-level.



Musicians write, arrange, orchestrate, conduct and perform musical compositions.

Medium Salary

£ 23370

555 people employed as Musicians in the current year.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

99.1% overall pass rate for A-Levels

(*Summer 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College for A-Levels?

We have a 100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects.

(*Summer 2019)

We offer the widest range of A-Level subjects in the region.

Our teaching staff are A-Level experts and specialise in teaching 16-19 year olds.

Our High Achievers programme supports gifted and talented students to reach their full potential by developing their skills and talents.

We have excellent pastoral and academic support from our dedicated sixth form staff.

We have an extensive enrichment programme and links with universities.