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Music - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (single & double) at Baxter College

Course description

A lot of young people believe that the only career open to them in Music would be to become a Music teacher or to win the X Factor! 

In Actual fact the Creative Industries in the UK employ over 1,000,000 people; that means 1 in 60 of us works in Music, Visual or Creative Arts! 

There are hundreds of different employment opportunities in Music. Some, like Advertising, Marketing, Tour Management and Publishing don`t require musical ability. Other jobs such as Session Musician, Teacher and Music producer do require musical skills. 

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music is a course specifically designed for students who would like continue on to further Music study or to pursue a career in the Music Industry. 

The course is made up of 6 units taught over 2 years, providing an excellent choice of units that cover a wide range of disciplines. 

These include; Learning how to set up and manage a live concert, live sound, recording in a studio, song writing, solo and group performances. 

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to 1 GCE A Level and so can be combined more easily with other subject choices than the Full BTEC Diploma. 

If you have a passion for Music, are thinking about pursuing a career in a music related field or would simply like to extend your musical knowledge then the BTEC Level 3 subsidiary Diploma is the course for you!

Content Units of Study

SINGLE AWARD 

BTEC NATIONAL SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA- is equivalent to one GCE A level. 
It is a 60-credit and 360 guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of mandatory units plus optional units. 

This course is 100% coursework and involves improving performance skills through solo and group rehearsal and performance. 

Students will have the opportunity to plan, promote and set up their own live performances in a variety of settings and learn about the job opportunities available to them within the Music Industry in these areas. 

During the course all students will also develop their research and analysis skills and improve both their written and verbal literacy skills through learning about Popular Music of the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Students will also look in depth at the vocational choices available to them in Music so that they can make a more informed choice when they leave the 6th form. 

During the course Students will complete the following mandatory units: 

  • Unit 23 - Music Performance Techniques. 
  • Unit 40 - Working & Developing as a Musical Ensemble. 

Students will then choose 4 optional units from a comprehensive list in consultation with their teacher. 

DOUBLE AWARD 

BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA- is equivalent to two GCE A levels. 
It is a 120-credit and 720 guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 120 credits. For the double award there will be more units for pupils to complete in comparison to the single award. 

This course is 100% coursework and involves improving performance skills through solo and group rehearsal and performance, composing in a variety of styles and learning about the structure of the Music industry through research and analysis. 

Students will have the opportunity to plan, promote and set up their own live performances in a variety of settings and learn about the job opportunities available to them within the Music Industry in these areas. 

During the course all students will also develop their research and analysis skills and improve both their written and verbal literacy skills. Students will accomplish this through learning about Popular Music of the 20th and 21st centuries and its effect on society and the Music industry. 

Students will also look in depth at the vocational choices available to them in Music so that they can make a more informed choice when they leave the 6th form. 

During the course Students will complete the following mandatory units: 

  • Unit 24 - Music Project. 
  • Unit 19 - Music and Society. 
  • Unit 39 - The Sound and Music Industry. 

Students will then in consultation with their teacher choose 9 optional units from a comprehensive list 

Progression

Students who study BTEC Level 3 Music can progress to a Degree in one of the many disciplines in Music. Examples might be Degrees in Sound Engineering, Composing, Music Production or Popular Music. 

Students can take PGCE qualifications to teach Music in the classroom or as a Peripatetic instructor (instrumental teacher). Students can also use what they learn on the BTEC course to gain an apprenticeship within a music related business.

Entry requirements

A relevant GCSE at grade A* to C or BTEC Pass plus a willingness to perform to a high level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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