A Level

Music (HSMC)


Hampshire Specialist Music Course Webinar 

Monday 11 October 2021, 6-7pm

This course includes extra performance opportunities as well as A Level Music

This course is designed for gifted young people who are thinking seriously about pursuing a career in music performance. The course will help you to develop the skills, confidence and musical maturity you need to prepare for entry to conservatoire or university. We also expect you to be aiming to achieve a high grade in the A level music qualification. Up to twelve places are offered each year.

You are warmly invited to attend our Hampshire Specialist Music Course Webinar on Monday 11 October 2021, with an online session from 6pm to 7pm. Music staff will discuss the course in detail and answer your questions. For full details contact the music department by emailing music@psc.ac.uk 

Please note that students take the HSMC course in addition to a full academic timetable which must include A Level music as one of your subject options.

HSMC auditions will be held on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th February 2022. For full details contact the music department by emailing music@psc.ac.uk 

Course Content

The course includes:

  • Excellent teaching from an experienced team of A level teachers
  • Weekly individual tuition on two instruments, including piano, from a team of high-powered visiting teachers, including preparation for the ABRSM Diploma on your first instrument/voice
  • Weekly chamber music coaching
  • Many opportunities to perform in ensembles and as a soloist in recitals, accompanied by our Head of Keyboard
  • Master classes and workshops given by professional performers
  • Detailed advice on preparation of auditions and repertoire
  • Trips to a range of live music events

You can also find out more about what we get up to in the music department on our website or our Facebook page.

Where Could It Take Me?

Going on to study music at university or at a conservatoire can lead to a career in performing, composing, conducting or teaching. Music can also lead to careers in the recording industry, publishing, arts management and the media.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Mathematics and English.

You will be asked to attend an audition on either 10th or 11th February 2022 to perform two pieces on your first study instrument/voice (Grade 7/8 standard) and one piece on your second study instrument/voice. The audition also includes sight-reading tests and a short interview.

Methods of Teaching

In addition to work in class, weekly workshops and 1-2-1 rehearsals help students prepare their recitals and compositions, with intensive guidance from teachers, and improve their skills in theory and notation. The college provides two 30 minutes’ weekly free instrumental/vocal tuition to HSMC music students with our team of visiting music teachers. As well as the HSMC programme of chamber music there are lots of opportunities to play and sing in orchestras, jazz bands and choirs to a very high standard. Many chamber groups and other small ensembles get a chance to showcase their work in our weekly lunch time concerts. There are master classes and workshops given by professional performers, plus trips to a range of live music events.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

  • Performing: performances are non-examined assessment, monitored by teachers and externally assessed by the board.
  • Composing: all composing is non-examined assessment, monitored by teachers and externally assessed by the board.
  • Written paper: one exam in May/June.

Financial Implications

Students are required to buy the Edexcel A level Anthology of Music, but these are available from the music office at a subsidised rate of £35 or second-hand for much less. Students pay a £15 contribution towards photocopying and approximately £15 for one obligatory concert trip in the Autumn term – other music trips are optional. The College has a Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs. Students can also apply for annual awards to help with costs such as ABRSM exams, instruments and courses.