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BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Music at Cleeve Park School

Course description

The music sector

The music industry helps drive economic growth by creating jobs and opportunities for young people; in 2013, the music industry supported more than 111,000 full time jobs in the UK with exports of £2.2bn. There are many different career paths for those wishing to work in the music sector. These include performance, events management, artist management, media law, copyright, music publishing and music marketing to name but a few, with the opportunity to work both in the UK and internationally.


Who is this qualification for?

The  BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Music is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post-16 students wanting to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, probably in the music sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to 1.5 A levels, and it has been designed as a one-year full-time study programme, or a full two-year programme when studied alongside further level 3 qualifications. Students wishing to take this BTEC will have successfully completed a level 2 programme of learning with GCSEs or vocational qualifications.

Course content

What does the qualification cover?

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted, in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate and consistent with current practice for students planning to enter employment directly in the music sector.

The qualification provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that will prepare students for further study or training.

Everyone taking this qualification will study four mandatory units, covering the following

content areas:

• music performance

• music composition

• professional practice in the music industry.

Students can choose two optional units have been designed to support progression to the range of sector-related courses in HE, and to link with relevant occupational areas. They cover content areas such as:

• arranging and composing

• music promotion

• solo performance

• theory and harmony

This BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Music is equivalent in size to 1.5 A levels and is for students over a two-year full-time study programme.

The suite also includes the following qualification:

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music is equivalent in size to one A Level. It is for students interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of HE courses, but not necessarily in music.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in Music GCSE

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cleeve Park School directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2015
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