St David's offers both Level 3 (A Level and BTEC) and Level 2 (GCSE and BTEC) courses. Use the links below to find out more about each course we offer.
At Level 3, St David's offers BTEC, A Level and WJEC Vocational courses.
Typically, students will progress on from our Level 3 courses to university, internships, apprenticeships or employment.
At Level 2, St David's offers GCSE and BTEC courses.
Typically, students will progress on from our Level 2 courses, onto Level 3 courses. In this instance, students will be with us for three years.
Music integrates the three components of performing, composing and appraising through the study of various musical traditions. At AS the Western Classical tradition is explored through the study of orchestral music. Modern musical idioms are also encountered through musical theatre or jazz, rock and pop.
At A2, a study of twentieth century music through a detailed set work provides a broad basis for entrance to university and musical careers.
Unit 1: Performing
An instrumental or vocal performance of at least two pieces at Grade 5 standard lasting 6 to 8 minutes.
Unit 2: Composing
Two compositions lasting at least 2 minutes each. One in the Western Classical Tradition and the other a free composition.
Unit 3: Appraising (written exam)
Unit 4: Performing
An instrumental or vocal performance of 2 or 3 pieces at Grade 6.
Option A: 3 pieces, 10-12 min
Option B: 2 pieces, 6-8 min
Unit 5: Composing
Compositions lasting at least 2 minutes each, one in the Western Classical Tradition and the remaining one or two is a free composition.
Option A: 2 pieces
Option B: 3 pieces
Unit 6: Appraising (written exam)
A Level in Music is an essential grounding for those who wish to go on to study music at university, and to work as performers, composers, music broadcasters or in arts administration. Having A Level Music demonstrates the ability to perform under pressure, work with others and perform to a high standard.
6 GCSEs A* - C including Music grade B, or Grade 5 theory and grade 5 standard instrument/voice.
It is essential that a student who is following either the AS or A2 music course is engaged in one to one instrumental/vocal tuition. The department has two visiting peripatetic teachers who teach voice and music theory. It is an expectation that students who require a voice teacher or additional theory tuition are expected to take up this opportunity (there is a charge for these lessons).
Cost of theory lessons: £24 for 6 sessions per half term.
Cost of singing lessons: £60 for six sessions per half term.