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Music - Level 2 Extended Certificate in Music Practitioners (Performance) (for students aged 14-16) at Wakefield College

Course description

Music is the third largest exporting industry in the UK and our School of Popular Music has a rich mix of students and musical interests. 
If you want to study popular music in a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere, this course provides a real flavour of how work in the music industry evolves, from the initial idea to the final performance. 

Course content

What you will study

You’ll develop your music performance skills and knowledge of music technology software, practical recording techniques, and understanding of the music industry. You’ll explore different styles of music, work actively as part of a group, and be encouraged to give and take ideas in the creation of music productions.
Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.
Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C. This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

How you will learn

This is a practical performance course with some theory work throughout. You’ll develop your skills by completing assignments and projects based on the type of activities required in the workplace. 

Entry requirements

Predicted grades 9-3 at GCSE including English and Maths
A reasonable degree of musical ability on your chosen instrument
Interview and audition
A good reference from Head of Year 10 or Headteacher


How you will be assessed

This is a practical performance course with some theory work throughout. You’ll develop your skills by completing assignments and projects based on the type of activities required in the workplace. You’ll be assessed through performances and practical and theoretical work.

Financial information

For further information, please contact the 14-16 Unit at Wakefield College:

Tel - 01924 789742 

Future opportunities

Further study

After completing this course you can go on to study level 3 qualifications in music performance or music technology with further progression to the HND Music programme.

Career opportunities

This course can lead to a variety of roles in the music industry such as performer, session musician, composer, manager, promoter, songwriter, community arts worker, or teacher.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 November 2018
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