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Music (Performing) - BTEC Level 3 National Subsidiary Diploma at Sir William Ramsay School

Course description

This course is equivalent to 1 A-Level. The six units (360 guided learning hours) that make up the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performing) have been developed to give learners experience of working as a performer in the music industry. Learners will gain experience not only of industryrelated tasks but will also be provided with an insight into the various means of employment within the Music industry.

Course content

Throughout this two year course, learners study 6 units. These give opportunities to:

  • Investigate and perform popular music from the 1950s to modern day
  • Gain an understanding of world music through practical performance-led tasks
  • Organise and participate in large scale concerts
  • Experience life as a session musician through participation in workshops and in a recording session at a professional studio
  • Develop instrumental or vocal skills both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble

All units require learners to work to timelines and deliver a final product which are skills that are vital within the music industry. The Music department has specialist equipment for the production of both live gigs and recording. BTEC students will be given opportunities to use this equipment during lessons and also in assisting and producing live or recorded events. The department regards BTEC students as senior representatives of Music within the school.

Entry requirements

Learners wishing to study the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performing) need to be able to sing or play an instrument competently and with confidence. They need to be aware that they will be required to perform in various contexts throughout the course. A basic understanding of music theory and a study of GCSE Music or BTEC Level 2 at Merit or above are an advantage but not essential. Commitment and enthusiasm are essential.

Future opportunities

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performing) can lead to further study in music in further or higher education. Several past students have progressed to university music courses or have embarked on careers within the music Industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Ramsay School directly.

Last updated date: 23 April 2015
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