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Music (Performing) BTEC Level 3 Susidiary Diploma at Ormiston Horizon Academy

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performing) offers a specialist qualification that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in a musical vocational sector. It consists of one mandatory unit plus at least one specialist unit with the option of studying both specialist units. With one mandatory unit and one specialist unit, another four optional units will be selected to study. All units are worth 10 credits each and the programme is made up of 60 credits in total.  At least 45 of these credits must be at Level 3 or above. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level and will be studied over two years.




Course content

First year of course:

Units include:

  • Classical music in practice or popular music in practice
  • Music performance techniques
  • Working and developing as a musical ensemble

Second year of course:

  • Aural perception skills
  • Improvising music
  • Music in the community
  • Music performance session styles
  • Music project
  • Musical theatre performance (singers only)


Entry requirements

  • A 'B' grade or 'Merit' at Level 2 BTEC Performing Arts/Music.
  • A genuine interest in music/performing to an audience.
  • The ability to play an instrument/sing to a secure standard.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a group.
  • Good personal management.
  • Be prepared to help out in the Expressive Faculty.
  • All students must be auditioned so we can assess your music performance abilities.


All units are assessment by coursework submission, or in the case of practical units, auditions, concerts and recordings of performances.

Future opportunities

The Subsidiary Diploma combines well with other A-level programmes. The qualification could lead to session musician work, community workshop leadership, classrooom and instrument teaching and higher education courses in music (although additional instrumental/music theory qualification may be needed).

Further information

Learning Style

Practical workshops


Research based projects

Seminars, master classes and presentations

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ormiston Horizon Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year course

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