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Music BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma at Exeter College

Course description

This applied, performance-based course offers a broad range of study designed for aspiring professional musisian. In your first year you will study the 90-credit Diploma progressing to the Extended Diploma in your second year. A large part of the course is practical and will involve performances in public venues, culminating in the Final Major Performance, held at The Exeter Phoenix in the 2nd year of study. You will also undertake regular performances in the Centre for Music Performance. 

Course content

You will learn about the place of music in our society, working in the music industry, music theory, composing, arranging and music's practical application, performance techniques and improvisation. You will also learn how to use Logic and Pro-tools to sequence and record to a high standard.

You will: 

  • Study aural skills and music theory and harmony and its practical application
  • Study performance techniques and improvisation and develop instrumental/vocal skills
  • Study composing and arranging techniques
  • Study the place of music in our society and working in the music industry
  • Use logic and pro-tools to sequence and record to a high standard
  • Have visits to concerts, workshops and gigs
  • Deliver your final performance at the Exeter Phoenix
  • Join ensembles including Big Ban, Choirs, Orchestra and Jazz Project
  • Benefit from our strong links with music industry profressionals to gain work experience and plan your career

Possible course units include:
Year 1 (90 credit diploma):

  • Aural
  • Live music workshop
  • Music performance techniques
  • Music theory
  • Sequencing
  • Contemporary song writing
  • Functional midi keyboard
  • Sound and music industry
  • Working and developing as a music ensemble

Year 2:

  • Arranging
  • Composing
  • Improvising music
  • Major music project
  • Music and society
  • Music session styles
  • Music production techniques
  • Pop music in practice
  • Singing techniques

Entry requirements

You need at least five GCSEs at Grade C (including English Language) and the ability to play an instrument with confidence and intermediate skill. Vocalists certainly are able to apply for this course, but you will be encouraged to learn a melodic or harmonic instrument to support your vocal studies. There will be an audition for all applicants.


Assessment is all course based and is by written and practical assignments.


Financial information

£140 fee per year for enrolment to the Exeter College Music Academy. This entitles you to individual instrumental or vocal lessons, cut-price tickets for outside events, and master-classes and workshops from visiting industry professionals. A bursary for this fee may be available. Cost of instruments and music where needed, media such as blank CDR etc. Students will provide their own headphones and USB pens. 


Future opportunities

After this course your could progress on to study commercial music, pop, jazz, music technology and composition at university.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 February 2016
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