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Music (BTEC Levels 1&2) at New College Swindon

Course description

This new course offers an opportunity for aspiring young musicians to develop and refine their technical and performance skills in music. You will be given the opportunity to study the scope of the performing arts industry and find out about the people who work in music organisations, from performers to people who work in technical, production and administrative roles.

Additionally, you will: -

  • Investigate performing arts organisations to find out about the work they do and how they relate to one another
  • Create your own music performance project with your peers
  • Explore and develop your music skills and techniques on any instrument or voice
  • Design your performance programme on music of your choice

Course content

The course has four units, two of which are core units:

  • The Performing Arts Industry
  • Performance Project

The two optional specialist units are:

  • Developing music skills and techniques
  • Solo musical performance

Entry requirements

You will need at least 4 GCSEs at grade D or above (including English) and a keen interest in music. Experience in playing an instrument is essential as three of the four units focus on music performance and music techniques. You must also take courses in English and Mathematics, if you haven’t achieved GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in these subjects.


All units are assessed in a variety of ways including workshops, performances, report writing and presentations. You will work closely with your music tutor, who will regularly evaluate and discuss your progress.

Future opportunities

With this qualification you can progress on to AS/A Level in Music (NC138) here at New College, which could lead directly into Higher Education or the Music Industry. If you are hoping to continue to Level 3, you should be aiming to achieve Merit or Distinction in all units.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Swindon directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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