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Music Performance BTEC Subsidiary Diploma at Oaks Park High School

Course description

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music Performance aims to provide learners with a full-time programme of learning in Music Performance at a professional standard.The qualification covers a variety of practical music making skills such as solo and ensemble performance in a live setting as well as the opportunities to study historical contexts, music business and sound engineering and recording.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music Performance will compliment many other subjects, in particular: Media Studies, Maths, Physics, Drama and English Literature. 

Course content

Learners will study 1 mandatory unit, plus 1 specialised unit for the completed qualification. 
  • Unit 23 (Mandatory):  Music Performance Techniques 
  • Unit 33 (Specialist):  Solo Performance Skills
  • Unit 17 Marketing and Promotion in the Music Industry
  • Unit 26 Music Technology in Performance
  • Unit 30 Pop Music in Practice
  • Unit 40 Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble 
Teaching will take place in whole group sessions and studio time will be allocated as the course dictates.

Entry requirements

EITHER Pass BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music, OR C Grade GCSE Music.

Students must be able to play a main musical instrument (which includes voice), have basic keyboard skills and the ability use software programmes such as Cu base, Reason or Sibelius. 


Students will be assessed solely on coursework produced throughout the 2 year course. Coursework is internally moderated and verified by an external assessor. 

Future opportunities

The qualification is equivalent to one A2 level grade and can lead into either a level 3 or 4 Higher National Diploma in Music or provide the points required to allow access to Higher Education courses such as degrees and foundation degrees.
Possible employment prospects include various roles in the music industry such as; 
  • session musician,
  • performer (singer or rapping artist),
  • music management,
  • music businesses (marketing), 
  • teaching. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaks Park High School directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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