Music BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Carmel College, a Catholic Academy
The course contains 3 main elements.
- Performing a recital on an instrument of your choice and the opportunity to feature a second instrument or perform as part of an ensemble. (Assessed by a visiting examiner.)
- Composing and arranging music in a variety of styles (Internally assessed, externally moderated)
- Historical and analytical study Investigating music from the 18th century to the present day (Written paper externally assessed.)
Lessons are very personal and shaped around the student’s needs. Students are given the opportunity to show their ability in creative music, both in a performing and composing capacity. To be successful on the A’ level music course, students need to be dedicated performers and have a genuine passion for music. Much of the courses performance related content is developed out of prescribed lesson time and as a result students need to be aware of the time commitment A’ level music requires. Suitable A’ level music students would see the performance element of the course as a pleasurable daily routine as opposed to a coursework requirement.
A Level students are encouraged to join in our ensembles both in a performer and mentor capacity. A range of performance opportunities ranging from weekly “Atrium Unplugged” lunch time gigs, to international tours are offered here at Carmel.
Students are expected to have completed GCSE music to a standard of B or above and must be able to read music. Students must be competent performers on an instrument or voice and this should be at a minimum of Grade 4 standard for AS, Grade 6 for A2.
Students are expected to participate in the full range of musical activities within College acting as musical mentors and role models for younger players.
It is unusual for Conservatoires or Universities to offer places to students on music degree courses without first having completed A Level music. Students can access various types of music degrees, music technology courses and performing arts courses.
A wide range of careers are available to those with music qualifications in areas including Media and Broadcasting (music researcher, sound engineer, composer), Performing (within live bands and ensembles, session studio musician), Education (instrumental tuition, school/college teaching) Music analysis (music critic) Musical Co-ordinator (running theatre company, managing groups and bands, record production).
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College, a Catholic Academy directly.