Peter Symonds College

Study at PSC

This course aims to equip students with the skills they need to succeed as a performer. The focus is on developing a practical understanding of popular music and other related styles, through individual and ensemble rehearsal and performance. The course is suited to committed performers who may be thinking about further study or a career in the music industry, and to keen musicians who wish to continue developing their performance skills.

Course Content

You will study in detail:                       

  • Ensemble Music Performance
  • Professional Practice in the Music Industry
  • Practical Music Theory and Performance
  • Music Performance Session Styles

This course is equivalent to one A-Level

Methods of Teaching

As the focus of the course is on performance, the majority of sessions involve practical work with a focus on technique, repertoire and performance skills in the context of popular music. Practical learning is supported by classroom sessions covering theoretical aspects of popular music and the music industry. As well as developing skills as a solo performer, you will learn how to rehearse and perform effectively as a member of a group.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

Two of the four units studied are assessed through internally marked assignments, the other two through external assessment. The externally assessed components involve both written and practical tasks.

Where Could It Take Me?

Students completing the course may wish to continue their studies at University, Music College or at a more contemporary music institution such as BIMM or ACM. The course helps equip students with the skills required to pursue a career in the music industry.

Financial Implications

Instrumentalists will need to be in possession of an instrument that is maintained in a fully functioning condition. They will need to bring this in to college for practical sessions. Drum kits, amps and microphones will be available for use when at college.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Mathematics and English. You will need to be a confident and capable instrumentalist either as a vocalist or on a band instrument (guitar, bass, keyboard, or drums) although your prior experience of reading notated music may be limited. You will be invited to audition for the course following the close of the application process, when you will be contacted with more information about this process.