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Music at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Course description

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Composing)

AIM OF THE COURSE A BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music is a practical, work-related course. Students complete projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. It is equivalent to one A-level which means when students have finished the course they can use it to get a job or use it alongside other qualifications to go into Higher Education.

Course content


The course is made up of six units. Students complete a range of assignments for each unit of work. There is no examination! To be awarded a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music Technology students must complete a total of six units from the list below. Students must cover at least two of core units. Core Units Arranging Music Composing Music Sequencing Systems and Techniques Contemporary Song writing Techniques Specialist Units Music and Sound for the Moving Image Music Project Music from Around the World The Sound and Music Industry The Music Freelance World

Entry requirements

You should have achieved an Average Point Score across all your GCSE subjects of 40+. It is desirable but not essential to have studied Music at GCSE.

Future opportunities


BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diplomas are valued by employers, universities and colleges. If students want to get a job straight away they can work in:

• Music performance support

• Events Management

• Recording studios

• Music Journalism

If students decide to go to university or college, and have other qualifications, they could study a degree or a BTEC Higher National in subjects such as:

• Music Performance

• Music Technology

• Sound Engineering

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 29 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September