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Popular Music BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a two-year vocational course that can be taken alongside other AS or A Level subjects, and is equivalent to one A Level. It is a practical course based on popular music where you learn by completing assignments and projects, which will include live performances, both within the college and at outside venues. Candidates will learn techniques appropriate to their instruments, including solo and ensemble playing, listening skills as well as learn about the music business. Students will also attend music theory classes.

Course content

There are six units, all of which are assessed by coursework:

  • Solo performance
  • Planning a music project
  • Music project
  • Session styles
  • Ensemble performance
  • Pop music in practice (a history of popular music)

Entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language (Maths and Music are useful but not essential)
  • You will also need skill in playing your instrument or in singing (all students will be auditioned to assess their suitability for the course)

Future opportunities

Upon completion of the course, students progress onto Popular Music degrees at institutions such as Leeds College of Music, the Academy of Contemporary Music and Southampton Solent University.

Further information

Over the years, we have developed an impressive reputation for excellence across the creative arts and our results are outstanding. Music students are taught in our £1.5million Music Centre, a state of the art building which allows students to practice in a dedicated space with access to professional equipment.

Students on this course are entitled to 15 hours of free individual instrumental lessons per term.

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Popular) combines well with other BTECs and A Levels and can be a route to university courses. Our students have recently graced the stages of local venues such as The Joiners Arms and Talking Heads, and nationally at Glastonbury / Isle of Wight Festivals and the O2 Arena.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2016

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