Academic Music Courses

SVMC offers both GCSE and A-Level Music throughout term time, each course runs for two years respectively

GCSE Music at Soar Valley Music Centre runs every Monday 4pm – 6pm during term time. The examination board the centre uses is OCR.

A-Level Music at Soar Valley Music Centre runs every Monday 6:30pm – 8:30pm during term time. The examination board the centre uses is Edexcel.

For more information see below.



There are 4 main strands to the GCSE:

  • Integrated Tasks (a solo performance, a solo composition and a write – up),
  • Practical Portfolio (an ensemble performance, an ensemble composition and a write – up),
  • Creative Task (a timed composition),
  • Listening Test (Exam paper with audio CD that could cover any music from 1600 – 2016).

Students will learn how to improve performance, compose, use music notation software, appreciate the importance of music theory and cover over 400 years of music and variety of styles, techniques and instruments.

A big part of this qualification is to give students a full, far reaching, in depth music course than aims to improve musicianship skills, better their performing and composing skills, strengthen their listening skills, yet to be encouraged to be as creative as possible.

The GCSE Music teacher has been teaching GCSE Music at the centre since 2009 and has been Head of the GCSE Music course since 2013.


As a natural progression from it’s GCSE Music Course, the Music Centre offers senior students the opportunity to study music at an advanced level through its A-Level courses. The courses require students to perform to a standard of Grade 6 or above, to compose music with awareness of style, and to study a range of set works. There is an expectation that students at this level will demonstrate the ability to manage their own independent learning between the weekly taught sessions in order to achieve success.