York College

Development Centres

York College is unique in offering a bespoke programme of study for talented students in three different Development Centres; the Sport Development Centre, the Music Development Centre and the Performing Arts Development Centre.

Each Development Centre provides specialist training for students wishing to pursue higher education courses and careers in these subjects:


Music Development Centre

Who is the Music Development Centre available to?

To talented musicians aged between 16 and 19 years old who are wishing to follow either an A Level or Vocational qualification in Music. All students wishing to apply for the Development Centre will be asked to audition at the start of term. This specialist music education is for students wishing to pursue a career in music or aiming to progress on to a music related degree at a university or music conservatoire.

How does the education and music mix work?

Every student attending the Development Centre is required to undertake a full-time A Level or Vocational Music programme as well as receiving specialist advanced music study, music theory grade tuition and live performance practice with one of our ensemble groups. This is organised to fit with regular tuition and rehearsals.

Attendance and satisfactory progress on the educational programme is monitored regularly and all students are expected to work equally hard on this aspect as well as their Development Centre activities.

Bishopthorpe a level music students

Ensemble groups

Ensembles vary from year to year depending on student skill and interest. Regular groups include: jazz band, soul band, choir and orchestra and student led rock bands. We have had various ensembles in the past including brass band, wind band and a string quartet.

Previous Development Centre students have progressed to: LIPA (The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts), University of Leeds, Royal Northern School of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, BIMM (British Institute of Modern Music), Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. To apply, just complete the section on the full-time application form.

Sports Development Centre

The Sports Development Centre is available to talented players aged between 16 and 19 years. Students will follow a full-time education programme across the range of A Level and Vocational courses available at York College, as well as receiving expert coaching in their chosen sport. All students will take part in trials; these will take place around Easter.

Successful involvement in any of the Sports Development Centre programmes will provide opportunities to progress into: careers in professional/semi-professional sport (this is only for those who show exceptional development), coaching, refereeing, work in sport and recreation, further and higher education available at York College, and overseas coaching and possible scholarships.

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