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Music BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

The level 3 Diploma in Music runs over 2 years and is equivalent to 3 A Levels. It is aimed at all singers and instrumentalists from all styles of music and will prepare you for a career in the music and associated industries. It is a vocational course which has a balance between both the practical and academic subjects and covers all aspects of the music business, from writing your own songs, rehearsing, performing and working in bands, recording your music and the creative use of music technology, studying popular music culture and history, as well as looking in detail at all aspects of the music business. Music theory, sight reading and aural skills are also given high priority on the course and are studied across both the 1st and 2nd years.

The course is comprised of the following units:

  • Unit 3 Arranging music
  • Unit 4 Aural perception
  • Unit 7 Composing music
  • Unit 9 Music production (recording techniques)
  • Unit 12 Improvising
  • Unit 16 Major music project (music performances)
  • Unit 19 Music and society (music business)
  • Unit 22 Session styles
  • Unit 23 Performance techniques (band skills)
  • Unit 27 Music theory & Harmony
  • Unit 30 Pop music in practice
  • Unit 32 Sequencing systems
  • Unit 34 Contemporary song writing
  • Unit 37 Functional keyboard skills
  • Unit 39 The music industry (music business)
  • Unit 40 Music ensemble (band rehearsal skills)
  • Unit 41 Music notation software
  • Unit 42 Singing techniques and performance

Applicants without level 2 qualifications in numeracy, literacy and IT will be required to achieve qualifications in this in the first year of the programme.

The level 3 Diploma in Music runs over 2 years and is equivalent to 3 A Levels. It is aimed at all singers and instrumentalists from all styles of music and will prepare you for a career in the music and associated industries. It is a vocational course which has a balance between both the practical and academic subjects and covers all aspects of the music business, from writing your own songs, rehearsing, performing and working in bands, recording your music and the creative use of music technology, studying popular music culture and history, as well as looking in detail at all aspects of the music business. Music theory, sight reading and aural skills are also given high priority on the course and are studied across both the 1st and 2nd years.

The course is comprised of the following units:

Unit 3 Arranging music

Unit 4 Aural perception

Unit 7 Composing music

Unit 9 Music production (recording techniques)

Unit 12 Improvising

Unit 16 Major music project (music performances)

Unit 19 Music and society (music business)

Unit 22 Session styles

Unit 23 Performance techniques (band skills)

Unit 27 Music theory & Harmony

Unit 30 Pop music in practice

Unit 32 Sequencing systems

Unit 34 Contemporary song writing

Unit 37 Functional keyboard skills

Unit 39 The music industry (music business)

Unit 40 Music ensemble (band rehearsal skills)

Unit 41 Music notation software

Unit 42 Singing techniques and performance

Applicants without level 2 qualifications in numeracy, literacy and IT will be required to achieve qualifications in this in the first year of the programme.

Entry requirements

For the level 3 Diploma there is a requirement of 5 GCSEs grades A-C, which must include either English or maths, or a previous Level 2 Diploma in Music qualification. Any young person who does not achieve grade C or above in English or Maths will be required to continue these studies at College. If you are 19+ or have not taken GCSEs, you will have an initial assessment of your maths and English skills and where appropriate, a suitable course of study will be put in place.

Future opportunities

By the end of the course you will have the necessary skills to plan and organise your own band, begin a career as a self-employed /freelance musician or to gain entry to higher education and continue your studies at university or continue onto the Foundation Degree in Popular Music here at the Liverpool Community College.

We now have excellent links with music colleges and universities across the country and many of our past and recently graduated students are studying at some of the major music education institutions including The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), The University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool John Moores University. Leeds College of Music (LCM), University of Chester, Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM), BIMM (Bristol) Sound and audio engineering, Liverpool (SAE), University of Huddersfield, University of Salford, Tech schools, London (Guitar Tech, Bass Tech, Drum Tech, Vocal Tech), Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP, London), London School of Theology, University of Westminster, Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM, Guilford), Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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    • The Arts Centre is located in Liverpool's Hope Street Quarter. This striking Georgian district stretches from the Anglican Cathedral to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and includes a wealth of cultural venues including the Philharmonic Hall, both Unity and Everyman Theatres and some of the best hotels and restaurants the City has to offer. The Arts Centre is centrally located and is within a five-ten minute walk of Liverpool's bus and train stations.

      This campus has established itself as the leading arts teaching and learning institution on Merseyside, providing students with first class creative and digital facilities including specialist arts, drawing, painting and sculpting studios and technical facilities, state of the art design workshops, industry standard recording studios, premier dance and drama facilities, first-class photography work rooms and modern fashion and multimedia studios.

      The City of Liverpool College is a founder college of the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills and a lead provider of Fashion courses in the region.