Naliah Ruhleman



Why did you choose to come to Petroc?
The main reason I decided to choose Petroc to study my A-levels was because it was local, and I preferred this to travelling further afield. My brother was also studying there at the time and had passed on lots of positive feedback. I initially had some trouble with the availability of A-level music as it hadn’t been studied at Petroc for 15 years due to a lack of up-take. However, after some organisation, Petroc was able to run the course and I was so grateful to be able to study my first choice A-level locally.

And what made you pick this particular course?
I have always loved studying music and have grown up in a musical family. I learnt piano and flute outside of school and really enjoyed the theoretical side of music as well as the practical. For this reason, I decided that music was the career choice for me. The A-level music course was exactly what I wanted because it gave me the opportunity to study all aspects of music.

Which elements of your course do you particularly enjoy?
I enjoyed all elements of this course especially the historical side of music. It was also very free, enabling me to choose set works within my studies. It really increased my interest and always kept me engaged with learning the fascinating content of the course.

What have been the highlights so far?
I really enjoyed studying composition. I had done a little in school but the help and equipment at college made it easier and more enjoyable. I had an amazing teacher who went over and above to make sure my learning was fun and interesting.

What do you most enjoy about studying at Petroc?
I had great teachers who were always very encouraging. Class sizes are smaller than secondary school so more individual time can be spent with each student, which is really beneficial.
I didn’t do any of the courses that my secondary friends were doing but I still had opportunities to meet with them during breaks, as well as making new friends through my studies. The campus is great for socialising as well as studying.

What do you plan to do when you leave college?
I have a place at Bath Spa University for September 2021 to do a music degree. In my gap year, I plan to travel and work.

What’s the long-term plan?
I am open to inspiration after leaving university. I obviously want to work in the field of music, and at this point would say teaching. However, I am fully prepared to expand my choices after university, knowing that my experiences and learning will be widened further, providing me with more opportunities.

Any advice for someone thinking of choosing the same course as you?
My advice would be to have a good knowledge of the theoretical side of music. Before I started, I had completed my Grade 5 theory which was a helpful (but not necessary) foundation for A-level music. A-levels are definitely a big step up from GCSEs so be prepared for hard work!


A-level Music, Health & Social Care, Psychology

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Class sizes are smaller than secondary so more individual time can be spent with each student, which is really beneficial.