Music BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Cowley International College
The course is practical and links directly to current practice in
the music industry. If a student enjoys working in bands,
creating their own music and putting on performances, then
this could be the course for them.
Cowley has excellent facilities, including three practice rooms
equipped with a drum kit, keyboard, PA system and a range
of guitars and bass guitars. The college also has two excellent
performance spaces where internal assessed performances
This course is for students who are looking to further their
The course consists of practical sessions, lectures, workshops
and live performances covering a range of skills. Units studied
• Music performance
• Music composition
• Professional practice in the music industry
• Music ensembles
All units are practically based and students will be graded on
assessed public performances and rehearsals.
Classes are often made up of students who play a range of
different instruments and who have diverse musical interests.
Students can learn through whatever musical style they like
and choice of performance material is student-led. The course
tends to appeal to those interested in popular music.
Ideally, Music or Performing Arts at Level 2 (GCSE or BTEC) will
have already been studied, but this is not vital.
However, it is essential that a student can demonstrate
proficient performance and technical skills on an instrument
or by their voice. A student needs to have a strong interest in
music and to be able to collaborate well with others. Studnets
need to be able to work independently and be prepared to
take part in public performances after college hours. An
audition may be necessary for entry to the course.
After the course, many students have progressed to
university to undertake further study. Some students also keep
the bands they have formed together and continue to develop
and perform gigs in a variety of venues. Others continue to
work as solo artists, instrumental teachers or workshop
Did you know…
Specialist 1-2-1 lessons can be arranged, free of charge, to
music students on guitar, drums, keyboard, woodwind, brass
or voice. There are also a range of extra-curricular activities
open to students such as Senior Choir, Samba Band, Rock
School and students can also get involved in our annual
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowley International College directly.