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BTEC Music (Performers/Composers) at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

Both the award and certificate qualifications are designed to enable students to develop their musical skills through a vocationally relevant qualification. The course will focus on the practical skills of composition and performance and will include the challenge of planning and evaluating a substantial live performance project. Students will follow a largely practical and hands-on course, designed to encourage students to develop transferable and relevant skills that will lead towards opportunities within the music industry. Teaching will be practical and interactive, with students often completing large scale projects, working to timelines and delivering a final product.

Course content

Students will follow a largely practical and hands-on course, designed to encourage students to develop transferable and relevant skills that will lead towards opportunities within the music industry.

The course is made up of core units: Music Performance Techniques, Working as a Musical Ensemble and four other units: Aural Perception, Music Project (Planning a Live Music Event), Pop Music in Practice and Composing Music.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A*-C including English Language with instrumental skills at intermediate level with a teacher assessment. GCSE Music or instrument grades are not a requirement but without these students will be required to complete an informal audition.

Assessment

Each unit is assessed through the completion of an internally produced assignment that covers the range of evidence required. Students then have the option of re-submitting assignments once initial feedback has been given.

Future opportunities

Students can team this qualification with other arts-based courses with a view to progressing to Performing Arts or Music at degree level at University or Music College. Careers in the music industry range from being a Session Musician, Songwriter, Manager, Music Photographer or Journalist, to roles such as Music Distributors, Publishers and Engineers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 20 January 2017
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