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Music Performance BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Brine Leas School

Course description

This course takes place over two years. During your first year you will complete 30 credits that will gain you the BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Music (Performance). During your second year you will complete a further 30-credits. With the combination of the 60-credits you will have achieved the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performance).

The units cover a wide range of topics from performance to improvising, looking at popular music styles and how they are used at home and abroad.

You will develop skills and gain confidence in performing in a wide range of musical styles and develop musical parts and materials using a variety of different resources including recordings and notations. You will develop specific skills of individual and band rehearsing, arranging and preparing for performances as well as how to perform effectively to an audience. You will develop listening skills and the ability to recognise, interpret and comment on musical elements such as pitch, rhythm, chord types and progressions, harmony and tonality.

This is a practical based course but evidence of your development will need to be in the form of a portfolio. This will contain written material, visual material, video and audio recordings.

Course content

Year 12 – You have to complete two mandatory units:

  • Music performance Techniques
  • Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble

The third unit will be selected from the options below:

  • Composing Music
  • Music in the Community
  • Musical Theatre Performance

Year 13 – You have to complete one mandatory unit:  

  • Solo Music Performance Skills

Two additional units will be selected from the options below:

  • Marketing and Promotion in the Music Industry
  • Music Project
  • Or one of the 3 optional units that were not studied in year 12

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved at least a merit in BTEC Performing Arts (performance) Music units, or at least a Grade C at GCSE Level Music.

Future opportunities

This course provides excellent preparation for higher education courses in music performance at university. Students will gain a wide range of knowledge and experience to embark on careers in performance and session recording.

With the international recognition of BTEC courses such as this, you can progress straight into employment. If successful there are a wide variety of prospective careers that you can explore, for example a popular musician, classical musician or theatrical performer. Students are continuing to study music at degree level and are accessing courses which specialise in areas such as community music, commercial music and world music, as well as more traditional music and music technology degrees.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brine Leas School directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2016

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