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    Im in need of some help!

    I had planned to go to my local college later this year and study:
    AS level music
    AS level english language
    AS level computing

    I recently (yesterday) recieved a letter say that becuase of a low number of aplicants, i was unable to study A level music at this college!! They suggested a diploma in music. THis is not an option!!!

    Im a musician full stop. I have been all my life and its what im good at. I want a career in Music and i wish to go to Uni and study it there.(was planning on the royal acedemy of music in london)

    THere are no other colleges near enough that have an AS level music course available. Only diplomas, which i think wont exactly get me into a top notch music acedemy.

    PLease help!! Im really worried about this! My results are soon and im pretty sure music will be one of few that i passed . But im almost certain (hopefuly not jinxing it here!) that music will be an A* as predicted.

    I've always been top of my class at school, and involed with bands such as a champ. section brass band. (sounds nerdy but basically they're one of the best bands in that catogory in england)

    I need a way to study A level music. I just cant do anything else.

    My only way to get into college was to show them i could excel in the Music exam, then hope they would take me on. But without this as an option i might not even get into college.

    Is there a way for me? or should i think about doing something sinister

    Any help would be nice.

    P/s im 16, Male

    either self teach it and be a private candidate

    or you could find another college where you can do the a level in music and if its a fair distance away, it may still be worth the distance

    several points...

    - Any other colleges around where you live?

    - If music is your only interest why not consider the diploma? or a BTEC?

    - You don't need music at A-level to do music at Uni. If you did something like History but had grade 7/8 in an instrument (and I'm probably way off here but I would like to presume that anyone applying for a music degree has at least grade 7/8 in their primary instruments?) then you could still apply

    Go to a school 6thform rather than a college?

    Or self teach and enter privately if you think your good enough.

    Find out from the music schools you want to go to if they take the diploma. I went to a very good uni which accepted people with diplomas, I myself got straight into the second year of my degree with an advanced dipolma.
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    whereabouts are you located OP

    I was having a similar thing in my 6th form with A-level German. Nobody wanted to take it except me and they were going to shut it down for the year (even though my school runs a whole "we don't stop running courses if we have a single candidate").

    I'd convince them otherwise. Write them an e-mail explaining your situation ad how dedicated to the subject you are. Tell them your predicted GCSE grade, and stress how you're wanting to study Music all together. Also explain how you're very interested in your othger subjects and if you're predicted something impressive, include it. Make them understand that if you had to move, they would be losing a promising candidate who could get them outstanding results.

    But you don't need music a-level, my friend is going to study music at a pretty prestigious institution and she just done her grade exams in Cello and Piano during 6th form. You even get UCAS points for them I think!

    Don't panic, try argue to toss with them to open it for them and make them think that your an exception to offer it to. I did with German, I explained how dedicated to it I was and they reversed the decision. Hope you have the same luck.


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