What is the course about?
This course is for students wishing to improve their skills as vocalists or instrumentalists. The BTEC Level 3 Certificate is equivalent to one AS Level and should be taken as part of a four-subject course of study. Students who successfully complete the qualification can then go on to study the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in their second year at the College, if they choose to, and this course is equivalent to one full A Level. The focus of the course is on practical rehearsal and performance in a range of contemporary music styles, such as pop and RnB. The course helps students develop their music skills as part of a creative performance package or to balance an academic programme of study.

Duration of course: Certificate 1 year/ Subsidiary Diploma 2 years 

Exam board: BTEC

What units/topics will be studied?
Study covers rehearsal and performance skills in music. All students are given opportunities to perform in large-scale professional events which are open to the public. Areas of performance covered include developing instrumental or vocal techniques, performing in a range of popular music styles, and working as part of a band.

What do I need to study this subject?
Once we receive your application form we will invite you to attend one of our taster sessions which will include an informal audition. Applicants also need to achieve four GCSE grades A*-C.

What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject?
Interested applicants should first and foremost work on developing their technique as instrumentalists and vocalists. Working with an experienced producer or teacher is useful for this, although some students make good progress through teaching themselves using online resources.

Where can this lead me?
Students who successfully complete the BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Music can go on to study the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music at the College, which is equivalent to one full A Level. We recommend that students who are potentially interested in studying music at university, or who are interested in career in music, study the full-time Music Performance, Production and Business programme.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSE grades A*-C

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