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Rock & Pop BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Brooklands College

Course description

This two-year, full-time course is a practical preparation for entry to all aspects of the Music Industry or further study. The course breaks down into four main areas:

1) Performing
2) Music Technology (Recording & Sequencing)
3) Music Business and History
4) Theory and Song Writing.

The Music department at Brooklands College is a Roland Music Academy - one of a network of 15 in the country. You will be taught by experienced staff with excellent academic and professional qualifications in superb studio and recording facilities.

Each year culminates with a gig at the Boiler Room in Guildford.

Course content

You will study 9 units in Year 1, including:
• Band Performance
• Music Performance Techniques
• MIDI Sequencing
• Music Recording
• History of Popular Music
• The Music Business
• Listening and Music Theory

You will study eight units in Year 2, including:
• Session Styles
• Music Performance Project
• The Music Industry & Freelance
• Song Writing
• Theory & Harmony
• MIDI Sequencing
• Sound Recording

The course also includes:
• Practical experience through performance, workshops and technical projects
• Experienced staff with excellent academic qualifications and professional experience
• Individual instrumental or vocal lessons are available

Entry requirements

You will require 4 GCSE passes at grade C or above (preferably including English Language and Maths) or BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a related subject. You must be able to play an instrument or sing to a high standard. You will be asked to perform an audition piece as part of your interview.

If you do not have grade C or better in either English or Maths then you will be required to continue to study them alongside your main course.


You will mainly be assessed through course work, which includes practical and written assignments that are internally assessed.

Financial information

Your tutor will let you know if there are any extra costs. All music students are required to have earplugs.

Students are allocated a certain amount of free printing, after which a small fee will be incurred.

Future opportunities

The National Diploma is equal to 3 A Levels and provides an acceptable qualification for entry onto a degree and other HE courses in Music Performance, Music Technology, Popular Music, Performing Arts and other areas.

Further training in Music Technology, Sound Engineering and Popular Music is possible through many universities and colleges including Brooklands College.

You may want to go straight into employment, either playing in a band, as a studio musician, recording engineer or go into the industry working for a music publisher or record company.  Many people set up their own studio or recording businesses and others take up quite different jobs and are musicians in their spare time but you will have the skills employers are looking for.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooklands College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016
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