BTEC Musiv Composing & Performing Level 3 Diploma at Nottingham Academy
Would like a career connected with music? This could be as a
performer, record company executive, music journalist or
composer to name a few possibilities. This is a skills led course
designed to set you on this path. In the first year you will
study all aspects of composing and in the second year you will
All areas of musical composition and performance. You will
learn how to compose different styles of music as an
individual and with a group. You will learn how to arrange your
compositions for different combinations of instruments and
technology. You will be taught the various ways that you can
write down music so that you can copyright and protect it. You
will also learn about the varying types of music that result
from the different ways that society uses music, from religious
worship to advertising and downloadable ringtones.
Units covered at Subsidiary Diploma (Composing)
– Composing Music.
– Arranging Music.
– Live Music Workshop.
– Music and Society.
– Music Theory and Harmony.
– Contemporary Songwriting Techniques.
– Working with Music Notation Packages.
Units covered at Diploma
– Managing a Music Event.
– Improvising Music.
– Music Performance Techniques.
– Music Project.
– Pop Music in Practice.
– The Sound and Music Industry.
– Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble.
5+ A*-C grades at GCSE including C grade or above in English
You will produce a portfolio of written work. All compositions
will be used as evidence of your progress and graded. This
may be in the form of a live performance, a printed score or as
a download from a music technology programme. You will
then be given formal feedback so that you know how you
Past students have gone on to university to study music and
music with business. Other students have used it to gain work
as performers. It is also a good starting point for jobs in
marketing and promotions, music publishing, stage
management and many other areas in the music industry that
are not directly associated with performing as a musician.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nottingham Academy directly.