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Music Performance BTEC Level 3 at St Vincent College

Course description

Do you have a passion for performing, composing and developing musical ideas? Do you wish to create a career based on your creative skills and passion for music?

This course is designed for those who have a desire to become professional musicians. We link up with local and national promoters to run a course which has the same expectations as industry professionals. The key aim of our music programme is to develop you as a performer and offer you as many real world music opportunities as possible.

Our students take pride in performing at professional music festivals, recording studios and radio stations. They have gained value added results in the top 10% of the UK.

We also have great ties with University programs and as part of your course we will look in depth at your next steps as a musician. Visits to University open days and performances. Guest speakers and workshops from current University students and facilitators.

Course content

Three Core Modules Studied over two years.
This will help you develop necessary skills to work in a wide range of music industry positions.

Unit 1 Music Performance Brief – Learners will carry out a music performance and reflect on effectiveness of the performance in meeting the production plan. You will perform in a professional environment along-side top musicians.

Unit 4 Music Composition Brief – Learners explore music theory and its application through composition. They will use music technology to produce a composition in response to a given brief.

Unit 5 Professional Practice in the Music Industry – Learners explore what it is that makes someone a professional in the music industry and how to put forward a bid for work.

One Career Pathway Module studied in your second year.
Depending on your career intentions and personal preference you will have choice of which unit you wish to study:
Arranging Music, Composing, Music Promotion, Solo Performance, Ensemble Performance.

Guitar amps – 100+ Watt Fender and Vox
Microphones – Rode and Shure
Drum Kits – Pearl and Gretsch
Instruments – Fender and Gibson Guitars, Yamaha Pianos, plus many more.
Sound system – Professional Performance PA System.

Entry requirements

• Five GCSEs at grade A*– C
• Ability to play an instrument at equivalent of grade 4 or above. You will also participate in an audition process.


All units assessed through portfolio Internally and Externally

Future opportunities

• Higher Education courses in Music, Performing Arts or combined subjects
• Music college
• other degree courses

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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