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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.

Your understanding of music will be stretched in an enjoyable way, and the course creatively compliments many other subjects.

Huish has an excellent programme of Music enrichment, with opportunities to play and sing in a wide variety of groups. You will also have the chance to go on trips to see world-class orchestras, opera and musical companies.

You will be taught in our Aspen Music Centre which was purpose built for the teaching of Music and features state of the art recording and technology equipment. You can find out more about our facilities in our music enrichment section and on our 360º virtual tour.


You will have frequent performance opportunities, study set works and music theory and develop listening and composition skills.

You will need (or equivalent to);

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C or above
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4/C or above
  • plus three more GCSEs grade 4/C or above

It is recommended (within the above) you have one of the following:

  • GCSE Music grade 6/B or above
  • ability to read music and play an instrument/sing at approximately grade 5 standard.

At the end of your second year you will perform a solo recital (30%), submit a composition portfolio (30%) and take a two hour exam (40%), answering listening and written questions on the set works studied.

Possible careers following this course include Performer, Composer, Teacher, Therapist, Journalist, Administrator or Sound Engineer.

Former students have gone on to top music colleges and universities around the country, to military music schools and to work in teaching, performing and other roles in the music industry.

What if I don’t read music?

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