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Music BTEC Diploma Level 2 at Hugh Baird College

Course description

You will study a mixture of units designed to give you an insight into the many different areas of the music industry. You will produce recordings and original music using the studio and music software as well as exploring the business aspects and history of music.

This course is designed to help you find your specialism within the music industry and to guide you towards the next step of your music education. You might be a performer, electronic musician, producer or composer. This course course will enable you to learn the fundamentals as well as giving you the chance to specialise in your chosen field.

The programme also includes studying Maths and English towards GCSE grade A-C if you do not already have these grades.

Course content

  • Working in the Music Industry
  • Professional Development in the Music Industry
  • Planning and Creating a Music Product

You will also complete additional specialist units which will allow you to study particular areas in more depth. These include:

  • Exploring musical composition
  • Exploring computer systems used by musicians
  • Producing a music recording
  • Working as a musical ensemble

Entry requirements

In order to qualify for this course, you will need:

  •  4 GCSEs at grade D-G including English


  • Relevant Level 1 qualification at Merit or above and be working towards GCSE Maths and English at grade A*- C

Entry to all courses are subject to a successful interview, a satisfactory reference from your school or employer and evidence that you will be a committed student .

Financial information

16 - 18 Years: Free

Future opportunities

  • Songwriter / Composer
  • Sound Designer
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Music Therapist
  • Music Publisher
  • Performer
  • Producer
  • Promoter
  • Recording Engineer
  • Session Musician

Further information

If you are aged 16-19, this qualification will form a substantial part of your study programme. The study programme has been designed to ensure that young people are fully equipped and ready to move on to the world of work or higher level courses. In addition to your main qualification, will you also get the opportunity to undertake relevant and CV bolstering work experience out in your chosen industry. You will also be supported through maths and English qualifications.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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    • By train

      The Merseyrail Bootle Oriel Road station is only a two minute walk from the College campus. This station is on the Northern Line and offers easy access to the College from Liverpool, Crosby, Formby, Southport and other areas.

      By car

      Satellite navigation systems (Satnav) – please enter our postcode L20 7EW.

      The closest motorway junctions are the M58 1a/ M57 Junction 7 – 3.7 miles (6km). Then follow the A59 towards Liverpool for approximately ten minutes, turning right onto the A5058 at the first roundabout, which leads onto Balliol Road.

      By bus

      Students can also travel to College on regular bus services from Southport, Formby, Crosby, Old Roan, Maghull, Litherland, Netherton, Litherland, Queens Drive and Liverpool City Centre. 

      • From Southport: 47, 48, 48a, 300
      • From Formby and Southport: 47, 48, 48a
      • From Crosby: 47, 48, 48a, 54, 62, 62a, 62b
      • From Old Roan and Maghull: 55, 300
      • From Litherland: 53, 53a, 55, 59
      • From Netherton: 52, 52a, 58, 59
      • From Queens Drive: 60, 81
      • From Liverpool City Centre: 47, 48, 52, 52a, 53, 53a, 54, 55, 55d, 155, 300