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Music Performance at The Astley Cooper School

Course description

You will be learning about the music industry through modules such as 'The Sound and Music Industry'. How music has developed and changed over the years and what impact it has on society through modules like 'Pop Music in Practice' and 'Music and Society' is also studied.

Alongside these modules, you will be developing your practical music skills and performance techniques on a range of instruments. You will learn to compose in a range of styles, from different starting points and have use of the department recording studio and iMac suite to help you with this work. You will also learn how to analyse different styles and music from a range of eras.

Working effectively as part of a team through musical workshops and rehearsal sessions is a key skill in this course.

You will follow this course with two or three other AS/A2 levels and, additionally, the compulsory core such as PSHE, RE, PE/Games.


All modules are portfolio based, which means there is no final exam.

You generally complete one module per term and are assessed at the end of each one by your teacher.

You are awarded the level 3 BTEC Diploma in Music (Performance) at either a pass, merit or distinction level.

It is important to note that this course is worth the equivalent of two A levels.

Future opportunities

This qualification can lead to a variety of university courses surrounding the music industry. UCAS points can also be gained by completing instrumental grades at grade 5 and above.

Further information

Although BTEC courses are practically based, we also help you to develop other key skills in music such as your understanding of technology, your composition and theory skills and your ability to analyse a piece of music and comment on the key features. We also offer you the opportunity to take your grade 5 theory exam.

There are many activities in which you can involve yourself within the department. These include: the choir, 'Harmony' vocal group (audition only), Junior band, Keyboard club, Wind band and Guitar group. Sixth form students are also invited to take part in the band for the school musical each year.

As well as a number of calendar listed evening performances, you can take part in regular lunchtime concerts and jamming sessions and previous year groups have gone into some of the local primary schools to deliver performances as well.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Astley Cooper School directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years