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East Sussex Academy of Music (ESAM)

If you want to study A level Music, A level Music Technology, BTEC Level 2 and 3 then why not take a course at the East Sussex Academy of Music (ESAM)?

Where would I study?

Courses are run by East Sussex Music Service in partnership with Sussex Downs College, the sixth form college in Lewes.

You will get all the usual benefits such as using the student welfare services, the Learning Centre and ICT facilities. You can also get involved with college sports teams and join the National Union of Students (NUS).

Apply for a September 2014 start

Applications are made via Sussex Downs College (see their website for open days/evenings). The Academy will then ask you to attend an audition and interview. Don’t worry, it’s friendly and not scary and designed to help you find out if this is the right place for you to study.


In the first year of study, you complete an AS level course. In the second year, you complete an A2 level course. Together they combine to become an A level qualification.

You can study:

  • AS Music
  • A2 Music
  • AS Music Technology
  • A2 Music Technology
  • BTEC Level 2 Diploma (GCSE equivalent)
  • BTEC Level 3 in Composing or Performance (1 year certificate, 2 years subsidiary diploma)
  • Pre-Professional course as an add on to the music courses.

 A full range of instrumental and vocal tuition leading to exams offered by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Trinity Guildhall and Rock School

Chance to join the orchestra, wind band and vocal groups.

Find out more about The East Sussex Academy of Music

Contact ESAM

For more information, contact the ESAM Administrator, Jessica Ainsworth:

Tel: 01273 336793

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Did you know?

Did you know that if you achieve a music grade 6 to 8, it can count towards your UCAS points when you apply to university? For more information visit the Trinity College website.

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