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BTEC First Diploma: Music at Leicester Academy of Music, Technology and Arts

Course description

For those seeking a career in the music industry, whether as a performer, studio engineer or computer music producer, this one year course is designed to give you the foundations you will need to pursue this goal.

Course content

The course is highly practical and centres around band rehearsal, performance and instrumental skills development (including vocals). You will receive group tuition on your main instrument. For those more interested in technology there are also units including music production, recording and the music business.

Functional Skills form an integral part of the course. Its not all practical: the academic side is very important, too.

Entry requirements

You will need at least four GCSEs at grade D or above, or an equivalent level 1 qualification.  You will also need to attend a music audition/interview, where your skills and potential will be assessed.


Modules are assessed using a range of methods including practical assignments, presentations, projects, written assignments, listening tests and phase tests, completed both in College and at home. Although there is a slant towards practical work, there is also a significant academic element to this course, you need to be prepared for this.

Financial information

This course is free for young people aged 16-18. All you will have to pay is a small enrichment fee.

If you are 19+ there may be a small cost to the course but we can help you understand this more at interview and you may be eligible for financial help dependant on your circumstances.

If you are 24+ you will need to apply for an advanced learner loan and we can advise you more on this when you come in and see us.

Future opportunities

This course will:-

  • Prepare you for careers in the performing arts or music industry
  • Provide lots of opportunities for musicians to develop a range of skills and techniques
  • Motivate you via applied learning and assessment
  • BTEC qualifications are recognised by employers and education institutions
  • Provide a good progression route to more advanced qualifications eg BTEC Nationals, AS/A2 Levels
  • Develop your esteem to work in a sector of choice, and give you the experience to make that choice

BTEC First Diploma is equivalent to four GCSEs grades A* - C. Upon successful completion you can progress on to a BTEC Level 3 Diploma. Typical employment includes; Studio-based assistant, Sound Engineer, Music Programmer, Acoustic Assistant, Composer, Performer, Theatre Technician.

Further information

For more information give us a call on 0116 2664153 or visit our website

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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