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Music Extended Diploma Level 3 Year 1 at West Suffolk College

Course description

This course is suitable for learners who are serious about following a career in the music industry. It covers a wide variety of skills used in live performance and composition as well as contextual studies of popular music and music theory. Learners will be taught by experienced tutors and will be given the opportunity to develop their own compositions both individually and within a band. They will develop their skills on an instrument throughout the course both theoretically and practically. There are many opportunities for live performances throughout the course as well as workshops, recording sessions and visits.

The course encourages a wider understanding and appreciation of different styles of music and how these enhance the employability of a musician/composer. Students will learn about the music industry, how to deliver community music projects and how to effectively plan and market music events. Learners are expected to be versatile on at least one instrument/vocals and be actively involved in music whether this is in composition or performing. Learners will need to audition for this course and show that they have a good understanding of music theory before the course starts; these will form conditions upon which a place will be offered.


Course content

Students will attend College for a minimum of three days a week. They will be expected to work for an additional fifteen hours per week at home completing assignments, revising, researching, practising and preparing for lessons. Learners will have many opportunities for solo and group performances and studio experience.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.


Entry requirements

At least five GCSE’s Grade C or above, including maths and English at Grade C (4); or a suitable Edexcel (BTEC) Level 2 merit grade or higher in a related programme. Learners will also need to show good musical skills at an audition, pass a music theory test and complete written tasks.


Future opportunities

Learners completing this course may continue their studies at university or obtain entry-level employment within the industry itself. Areas for focused study include: Popular Music, Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Teaching, Composition, Music Business Management and Artist Development, Song writing, Sequencing, Sound for Media.


Further information

Learners will be required to purchase headphones, ear protection, a WB memory stick/hard drive and stationery before the course starts. Learners should have a fully working instrument and factor in essential supporting equipment such as strings, sticks, tuners, skins etc.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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