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Music (Performance) BTEC Level 3 at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Music (performance)?
This course is an ideal choice if you have a passion for performing various genres of popular music and learning about the music industry. This course is also designed for you if you want to learn about music and sound production and other related areas. You are not limited to a certain type of performance and previously students have been assessed using vocal, instrument (e.g. piano, guitar, drums  etc) and DJ-ing performances. If you prefer coursework and projects to examinations then this is another good reason for you to take this course - all assessment is through coursework! Results are excellent with most students achieving Distinction*.

On the performance side you will work in groups and bands, putting on performances. On the Music Technology side you will cover music production techniques, sequencing, sound creation and manipulation, as well as music marketing. You will have intensive use of our large performance rooms and recording studio. You will also have the opportunity to improve your knowledge and understanding of the industry from visiting professionals.

The music department has a strong and varied extracurricular programme including student bands, highly regarded Vocalyte choir and regular public performances. Enrichment includes music industry talks and visits to universities, gigs and workshops.

What will I study?
The course is offered as the 6-unit Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to one A Level), 9-unit Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A Levels) and 12-unit Diploma (equivalent to 2 A Levels): most students complete the 12-unit Diploma.

In the first year you will study performance techniques in your chosen method of performance (voice, instrument, DJ) as well as marketing and promotion. In the second year you will focus on more performance elements as a musician.

What can I study it with?
It most naturally links with other creative subjects such as Performing Arts, Music Technology, Art and Photography.

Career opportunities
It provides a secure foundation for progression onto many music-based university courses. In recent years we have had students gain places at university to study music, popular music and music production. It also forms a strong basis for becoming a professional session singer or stage artist in musical theatre.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- C, including:

Grade C in English Language, Grade C in Maths and some experience of musical performance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September