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Music BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Carlisle College

Course description

This vocational course is designed for those aspiring musicians who wish to broaden their skills and knowledge in popular music.  You will explore an extensive range of specialist units and study alongside other dedicated musicians who all have a keen interest in music.  So, whether you have been taught professionally or are self-taught, this is the ideal course to give you the tools and experience needed to prepare yourself for a possible career in the music industry.  This one year qualification is a requirement to get on to the BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Music which, is recommended for those students who intend to progress onto a degree programme.  

Course aims to:

  • Develop your musicianship skills & knowledge to meet your potential
  • Strengthen your teamwork and leadership skills
  • Improve your transferable skills
  • Develop confidence
  • Improve your employability

Course content

Most of the units are assessed through realistic projects such as:

  • Schools Music Road Show
  • The Name is Bond ...
  • A Tribute to the Decades
  • Dragon's Den Proposal
  • Music Journalism
  • Composing music for Children's Theatre
  • Gigs at The Brickyard, Carlisle

Collaborations with the Music Technology and Performing Arts students, Individual Recorded Demos, as well as regular gigs on campus and at the Brickyard.


  • Music Performance Techniques, 
  • The Sound and Music Industry,
  •  Improvising Music, 
  • Listening Skills for Music Technologists, 
  • Live Music Workshop, 
  • Music Theory and Harmony, 
  • Pop Music in Practice, 
  • Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble, 
  • Singing Techniques and Performance OR Music Productions Techniques.

Entry requirements

GCSE’s at grades A* - C to include English & Maths.

GCSE Music is preferred but not essential.


BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music at merit AND GCSE Maths & English at grades A* - C OR L2 Functional Skills in Maths & English.

Applicants should show potential for instrumental/vocal skills/


You will be assessed in a variety of ways such as: Performances, Reflective Learning Diaries, Reports, Essays, Formal Tests, Demonstrations, Workshops and Portfolios.

Future opportunities

A BTEC is a recognised qualification and accepted by most Higher Education Institutions as an alternative/additional qualification to traditional AS and A2 Level qualifications.  This course carries the same weighting as three AS qualifications so it is recommended that you progress onto the BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Music qualification  which, is equivalent to three A2 levels, if you wish to eventually study at degree level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 September 2016
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