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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

The Music Development Centre is open to all students who study either an A Level or a vocational qualification in Music. It is particularly suitable for talented musicians aged between 16 and 19 years. All students will be asked to audition for the Music Development Centre. This additional, specialist music education is for students wishing to pursue a career in music or aiming to progress onto a music-related degree course at a university or conservatoire.

See below for an image of students from the Music Development Centre at their performance at Bishopthorpe Palace for the charity Friends of York Hospitals:

Bishopthorpe a level music students

How does the education and music mix work?

Every student attending the Music Development Centre will be undertaking a full-time A Level or vocational Music programme. As a member of the Music Development Centre the music students will be involved in ensemble and solo performances, composition projects, workshops with visiting musicians and university music lecturers, master classes, trips to concerts, various community music projects, and several other additional music experiences to enhance their music knowledge and skills.

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


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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