A Level

For several years, South West Music School has run a highly successful A Level programme. This is offered to students, who might otherwise not be able to access the qualification, in collaboration with Junior Trinity. The course is also open to non-SWMS students so long as they are resident in the region. Students based outside of the region who want to take advantage of this programme should contact Junior Trinity directly. Read on to find out more…

A Level

The course follows the Edexcel exam syllabus via distance learning. The course is taught via weekly lessons in small groups using Skype, as well as bespoke one-to-one composition tutorials with specialist composers in the South West, on top of any instrumental tuition they may be getting. One of the distinctive high points of the course is termly visits on a Saturday to Junior Trinity in the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, where South West Music School A Level students are able to have their compositions critiqued, played and recorded by Junior Trinity students.

The course is managed by Penny Davis, who is the GCSE and A Level Programme Manager for Junior Trinity. Students benefit from a wealth of A Level teaching experience from academic tutors who are or have been Heads of Music in schools and colleges and examiners for A Level examination boards. Junior Trinity enters around 50 students every year for GCSE and A Level examinations – SWMS students become part of this cohort.

The results in 2015-16 were outstanding, with all of our students receiving A* or A grades in both AS and A2. Their results were higher than both the national and Junior Trinity averages.

Are you suited to our A Level course?

Most students are in the 16-18 age group and are following other academic courses at school or college; occasionally we accept highly-motivated students who are a year younger. Students need to be independent and self-motivated, working confidently on their own, but at the same time will always be in close contact with their tutors through email and Skype. The bonus is that everyone gets to know each other very well and tutors can cater individually for students’ needs in order to support them and develop their specific interests.

The course is usually partly funded by your budget if you are a South West Music School Feeder Plus or Core student.

If you would like further information about the A Level programme please email s.pitt@swms.org.uk or call the office on 0117 405 7235.