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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music (Performance) at Leeds College of Music

Course description

A two-year qualification equivalent to three A Levels, the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma gives you a wealth of musical experience and transferable skills, preparing you to continue to undergraduate study or the workplace.

The Extended Diploma lets you study a broad and stimulating curriculum consisting of 17 units that are appropriate to your specialism and truly relevant to the modern music industry.

You undertake a mixture of practical and theoretical/analytical work, though the course is not exam based

Course content

With the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music you can work in your preferred genre – Classical, Jazz or Pop – while exploring topics as varied as ensemble skills, performance techniques and composition.

You will develop your knowledge in a range of areas including music history, aural skills and composing and arranging, with options in improvisation, songwriting, sequencing and music production.


You will study the following units:
 

  • Working and Developing as a Music Ensemble
  • Music Performance Techniques
  • Music and Society
  • Music Theory and Harmony
  • Composing Music
  • Listening Skills
  • The Sound and Music Industry
  • Music in Practice (Classical) / Music in Practice (Pop/Jazz)
  • Working with Music Notation Packages
  • Studying Music from Around the World
  • Major Music Project (ensemble work)
  • The Music Freelance World
  • Aural Perception Skills
  • Ensemble: Music Performance Session Syles (Pop)
  • Ensemble: Improvising Music in a Jazz Style (Jazz)
  • Ensemble: Modern Music in Practice (Classical)

Choose 2 of the following options in Year 2:

  • Improvising Music
  • Contemporary Songwriting Techniques
  • Sequencing Systems and Techniques
  • Music Production Techniques

You will attend lessons at the conservatoire 3 to 4 days per week and receive approximately 36 assignments per year.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements

Minimum Age
The minimum age at the time of enrolment for Further Education courses is normally 16 as stated in the Edexcel Programme Specifications. There is no upper age limit on entry.

Qualifications
A minimum of 4 GCSEs (grade A*- C) including English Language and Maths.
(Please note that equivalent qualifications such as BTECs or NVQs cannot be accepted.)


In terms of ability on your instrument and your music theory knowledge you should be around the following level depending on which genre you wish to work in through the ensemble classes:

Classical: Grade V Practical & Music Theory
Pop: Grade V Practical & Grade III Music Theory
Jazz: Grade V Practical & Grade IV Music Theory

Audition
At your audition you will be asked to play two contrasting pieces on your principal instrument in the genre you wish to play in ensembles, plus some scales and arpeggios. You will also sit a short theory paper.

All students who apply before 31 January are guaranteed an audition.

If English is not your first language you must have a British Council English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.5.
 

Assessment

You will attend lessons at the conservatoire 3 to 4 days per week and receive approximately 36 assignments per year.

Financial information

Will I have to pay tuition fees?
Most students will not have to pay tuition fees and there are no audition fees for this course.

  • If you are aged 16 to 18 on 1st September of the year in which you enrol you will not have to pay tuition fees.
     
  • If you are aged 19 to 23 on 1st September of the year in which you enrol you will not have to pay tuition fees if you have not already achieved a full Level 3 qualification*

If you already have a full level 3 qualification, you will need to pay for the course, but can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of the course.

  • If you are aged 24 and over on 1st September of the year in which you enrol you will need to pay for the course, but can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of the course.

* A full level 3 qualification is equivalent to 2 or more A level, passes, a BTEC level 3 Diploma, or NVQ level 3.

For further information please see our website: http://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/further-education/how-to-apply/fees

Future opportunities

Our alumni have gone on to sign with Island Records and have number one singles (John Newman), and compose music for film and television (Richard Canavan).

If you choose to continue your studies in music at undergraduate level, the Extended Diploma will have given you a valuable headstart either at Leeds College of Music, or at other Universities. http://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/Undergraduate.aspx

If you decide not to continue with music, there is no reason why you could not move on to Higher Education in another area – like any Level 3 qualification, the Extended Diploma gives you a skillset relevant to a wide range of study and work.

Further information

Important application information
When applying please state which of the following musical genres you perform in: Pop, Classical or Jazz.

Important reference information:
The college requires 2 references. Please provide the contact details for an additional person (not friends or relatives) who would be prepared to give you a character reference. This might be your instrumental teacher, employer or school music teacher.
 

Find out more about our BTEC courses by booking onto an Experience Evening. These can be booked through our website:
http://www.lcm.ac.uk/courses/experience-days
Monday 30th November 2015
Thursday 11th February 2016
Tuesday 19th April 2016
 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 September 2017
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