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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Years 12 - 13

The Music department is at the heart of the school community.  All music students take an active part in the busy musical life of the school.  A level music students are eligble for a subsidised weekly half hour instrumental lesson from a visiting specialist teacher.  We have a large team of highly experienced visiting teachers and regularly enter pupils for Associated Board, Guildhall, Trinity and Rock School exams and diplomas.

The department boasts excellent facilities with two large music rooms, several practice rooms and a computer music suite, running Sibelius 8 and Cubase 6 composition/recording software with high specification keyboards.  This facility is used for composition at A level.


Entry requirements

Grade 5 Theory & Practical or equivalent; a GCSE is desirable but not essential.


Where does this subject lead me?

Nearly all music degree courses at universities, colleges and music conservatoires require A level Music.  Music can also raise a candidate's profile and make them stand out from other applicants for other subject courses.  Instrumental exams, such as ABRSM music exams, count as UCAS points.

Many pupils who enjoy A level Music go on to study different subjects or take vocational routes into higher education.


Exam Board

Edexcel - Component 1: Performing; Component 2: Composing; Component 3: Appraising.

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Mr Christopher Ellis (Director of Music)