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Music (Performance) BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Coulsdon Sixth Form College

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma in Music (Performance) course is suitable for all instrumentalists or vocalists who have some proficiency and a passion to develop as a performer. The course broadens students' experience and skills in solo and ensemble performing and includes workshops in improvisation and other techniques associated with live performance. Any musical style is suitable to perform, and the course includes training in listening and critical review. Confidence in some form of musical literacy skills is helpful although not essential. Students should be creative and willing to be involved with the musical activities of the Department. Specialist units include, for example, the Sound and Music Industry which will give students a good grounding in the inner workings of the Music business (including its struture, how to get freelance work and record deals).

What goes well with this course?

This course is the equivalent to two A Levels and so students are encouraged to combine it with another Performing Arts course but it can be combined with almost any other subject.  In the past students have also studied:

  • English
  • Psychology
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Media Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Business Studies

Course content

This course covers:

  • ​Solo music performance skills
  • Ensemble work
  • Listening skills
  • Vocal and instrumental techniques
  • Music promotion, distribution and the working life of the professional performer
  • Musical style and context through presentation and delivery

Students will have the opportunity to develop general skills, as well as sharing their musical interests with other specialist musicians.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accpeted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

Students will be invited to attend an audition and interview with the Music staff after applying to follow the course. This will be an opportunity for students to present some of their performances and learn about how the course will develop their potential.

Students will do well on the course if they are:

  • Creative
  • Confident
  • Natural performers – perhaps already in a band
  • Fascinated by the workings of the music world in general
  • Self-motivated
  • Team players
  • Keen to develop their instrumental or vocal skills to a high level

Students should be enthusiastic performers, creative improvisers, active listeners, possess good personal organisation skills and have high levels of commitment.

Assessment

The course is assessed by 100% coursework, including portfolios, journals, audio and video evidence, presentations, accounts and evaluations.

The exam board for this Level 3 Diploma is Pearson BTEC.

Future opportunities

This course is for any instrumentalist or singer who wishes to develop their performing skills to a high level, perhaps with a view to a career in the music industry. The qualification is now widely recognised by Higher Education establishments offering degree, diploma and professional training programmes.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coulsdon Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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