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Music Practice Level 3 Diploma at Oaklands College

Course description

A BTEC Extended Diploma is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. As well as developing your practical music making skills, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the Music Industry as a whole. Students take part in regular performances and record using the latest industry standard equipment including Apple Macs running Logic Pro and Pro Tools software.

Course content

The course is made up of 18 units: 4 core units & 13 specialist units. Each unit enables you to study particular areas in depth. The core units are: Aural Perception Skills; Music and Society; The Sound & Music Industry and Major Music Project (double value unit). The 13 specialist units are chosen from a wide range and include some of the following: Arranging Music; Composing Music; Improvising Music; Pop Music In Practice; The Music Freelance World. Functional skills is also an integral and compulsory part of the course that aims to develop the skills of learners to help them develop the ability to study academically at a higher level.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A-C, including English and Maths, or a BTEC First Diploma in Music preferably at Merit level. You will also be required to audition on your first instrument.

A BTEC Extended Diploma is suitable for school leavers and young people interested in developing skills in Music. Applicants need to have a passion for music performance and be able to play their instrument to a competent level. They must also have the ability to work with other music students on group projects.


There are no exams and assessment takes the form of both practical assessment and written work.

Financial information

16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

Future opportunities

A BTEC Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A levels and is therefore a recognised academic qualification. Upon completion, learners can go onto a variety of courses in higher education.

Further information

In addition to this learners study one functional skill qualification a year alongside their normal programme of study, either English, Maths or ICT, for which there is a final exam.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaklands College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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