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Music Practitioner Diploma Level 2 at Boston College

Course description

If you are passionate about music and enjoy working in a creative, exciting environment, then this is the course for you. The course has pathways in singing, band performance and music technology (including DJing) and you will have the opportunity to perform in several performances throughout the year. 

You will study within our fully equipped, dedicated music campus, Sam Newsom Music Centre, where you will develop personalised projects relating to performance and production. You will be encouraged to work on 'real world' projects, giving you the opportunity to perform to the public and submit songs to the programmes record label. You will learn how to compose, produce, perform, manage events, develop yourself as an artist and understand the business side of the industry. 

The course creates an environment where you are encouraged to explore your personal goals supported by our team of lecturers who have long standing professional experience and are still actively involved in the music business outside of the College. 
   
This qualification will allow you to progress to a Level 3 course upon successful completion.

Course content

You will study a total of 8 different units covering skills relating to performance, production, event management and creative business. 

You'll learn in our dedicated and specialist Sam Newsom Music Centre where facilities include a music technology suite, recording studios, equipped with the latest VST instruments and samplers. Performance facilities include a large auditorium, 6 rehearsal rooms and 3 DJ studios. 

There will be opportunities to gain work experience through the implementation of 'Live Briefs' which allow you to engage with the local business community and work on 'Real World' projects. 

Your course will also include opportunities to take part in a variety of trips such as 'bpm' at the NEC Birmingham, Worldskills National performance competition for musical acts and other relevant events. 

We also arrange workshops and invite guest speakers including Creative Practitioners who are working in the industry to talk to you and give you advice about your career.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grades G or above (New GCSE grade - 1 or above) (or equivalent). An audition to demonstrate musical or technical ability will also be required. 

If you are concerned about meeting the entry requirements, our Music and Performing Arts Diploma (Entry) course may be more suitable. Visit the 'Real Skills for Work' course page for more information.

Assessment

Approximately £50 a year is required for equipment (approx. £20) and contributions towards enrichment trips (approx. £30). 

It is also advisable to hire a locker for your course duration; this requires a £5 charge which is issued back once the key is returned. 
  
Financial assistance can be gained from the Bursary and Be Brilliant Foundation attached to the Learner Services area. 

Financial information

Approximately £50 a year is required for equipment (approx. £20) and contributions towards enrichment trips (approx. £30). 

It is also advisable to hire a locker for your course duration; this requires a £5 charge which is issued back once the key is returned. 
  
Financial assistance can be gained from the Bursary and Be Brilliant Foundation attached to the Learner Services area. 

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course to a Merit or Distinction level would allow you to progress to the Level 3 qualifications in Music or Performing Arts. 

The qualification will broaden your understanding of each industry and create a perfect ‘stepping stone’ to University upon successful completion of a Level 3 course. 

Should you decide to enter the world of employment this course is the equivalent of 4 GCSE’s at grade A*-C.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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