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BTEC Music( Performing Arts) Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Havelock Academy

Course description



This course is ideal for anybody who wishes to pursue a future career in the music industry. It is also well suited to anybody who plays an instrument or sings to an appropriate level. The ability to read music would be beneficial.

The subsidiary diploma is worth the equivalent of one "A Level" and will count towards university entry.

It is possible for you to do traditional A Levels alongside this qualification.

Students should have a passion for music and be willing to play an active role in musical co-curricular activities and contribute to the Academy’s ensembles.


Course content



The subsidiary diploma requires you to study six units, including one mandatory and at least one specialist unit.

  • Mandatory unit - Music Performance Techniques
  • Specialist units (choose at least one from)
  •  Solo Music Performance
  •  Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble

Optional Units - choose three or four units from a list which includes units on:

  • World Music
  • Music Theory
  • Musical Theatre
  • Pop Music
  • Music Events Management
  • Sound Creation and Manipulation
  • Live Music Workshop


Entry requirements



Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English and maths. If music has not been studied at GCSE, an audition may be necessary to determine suitability for the course.





Written coursework.

Practical (performance and recording) coursework.


Future opportunities



Degree courses in the following areas are common options: Music, Performing Arts, Arts Administration, Music Performance and Composition, Music Education, Sound Production and Recording.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Havelock Academy directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years