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This course is aimed at musicians who want to increase their theoretical and academic knowledge of music. It is well suited for those who already read music, play an instrument or sing. With the course being made up of 60% coursework (performing and composing) and 40% exam.

In both Year 1 and 2, you will study set works and music theory, develop listening and analysis skills and have frequent performance opportunities. Your understanding of music will be stretched in an enjoyable way, and the course creatively complements many other subjects.

The college also has an excellent programme of Music Enrichment, with opportunities to play and sing in a wide variety of groups.

You will study in a brand new, purpose-built block with state of the art recording and technology equipment, and have opportunities to go on trips to see world-class orchestras, opera and musical companies.

The course can lead to careers as a performer, composer, teacher, therapist, journalist, administrator or sound engineer. Ex-students have gone on to top music colleges and universities around the country, to military music schools or work in the industry.

Christmas Concert at St Mary’s Church, Taunton

Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Mathematics and English Language or Literature.

Ideally you will have passed GCSE Music with a grade 6 or above, or play an instrument/sing at approximately Grade 5 standard. Students wishing to join the course without these requirements can still be considered.

All music students on A Level or Vocational Music courses at Richard Huish College will receive a bursary off the cost of instrumental or vocal tuition.

Click here for information about bursaries.



The Aspen Music Centre is officially opened in December 2018 with the help of pupils from St George’s Primary School

Aspen Music Centre has been purpose built to offer the best experience for students wanting to advance their musical skills.

The music suite and performance space has:

  • 2 recording studios with RedNet Technology
    Studio 1: Audient ASP 8024 HE Mixing Desk
    Studio 2: Allen and Heath ZED 16 Mixing Desk
  • Industry standard microphones, guitar amplifiers etc
  • 2 sound proof live rooms for recording
  • A Mac suite equipped with the latest Apple iMac computers running Logic X, Ableton, Sibelius 8
  • Editing/production suite with Allen and Heath QU24 Digital Mixing Desk
  • 2 large specialist music teaching classrooms
  • 5 purpose built practice rooms equipped with pianos for instrumental lessons and individual bookings
  • Secure instrument store cupboard and vast library of printed music
  • Instruments and sound equipment available to loan

Also on campus we have a number of well equipped practice rooms;

  • Red Room – Large practice room with stage, full PA and recording facilities, Drum Kit, Amps and Piano
  • Green Room – Piano, PA, Drum Kit, Amps
  • Blue Room – Drum Kit, PA Amps and Recording facilities.


I don’t have GCSE Music, can I still take A Level Music?

Yes, as long as you play an instrument or sing at around Grade 5 level.

What if I don’t read music?

There are online courses to increase your theory skills over the summer before starting college, or you may be better suited to one of our Vocational Music courses.