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Music Performance BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Downs College

Course description

This is a 2 year full-time vocational course designed for people who want to develop as a musician and learn about the music industry.

The course includes an instrumental workshop in either guitar, bass, vocals, drums or keyboards.

Students will be required to rehearse with other budding musicians, working towards assessed performances throughout the two year programme.

Course content

This course is structured around practical and assignment based academic units.

Assessed performances will take place at local music venues within the Portsmouth area.

In addition to performing, you will cover many different areas of the music industry including live sound; world music; music business; music theory and recording using industry standard recording software and equipment.

Entry requirements

You should be a dedicated vocalist or instrumentalist who has had some experience in performing popular music.

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade C including English Language or Mathematics or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music awarded with Merit or above.

A minimum of GCSE English grade D is also required. Suitability for the course will be considered by interview and audition.

At the interview stage you will be given the chance to discuss any matters relating to the course, the audition process, other qualifications and college life in general.

Please be aware we offer a Level 2 Diploma in Music Performance if you think you will not achieve five GCSEs at grades A-C.



You will be continually assessed in all units, meeting criteria that will be graded PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION.

Some criteria will be completed in class, with the remainder being achieved through written assignments and end of term performances/assessments.

Future opportunities

Higher education to study at degree level (around 30% of students on the course choose this route).

Alternatively you could go straight into the music industry.

You may also use the qualification to access other degrees/employment in areas such as media; film and television; broadcasting; acoustics; events/music management; live sound and other disciplines that are not directly related to music.

Further information

Will I need any extra equipment?

Our rehearsal studios are well equipped. Guitar and Bass players are required to provide their own instrument, leads and tuner.

Drummers will require their own sticks and/or hot rods.

Vocalists may sign out a microphone within the department, however it has be known for vocalists to acquire their own microphone in the interest of hygiene.

Our staff will be more than happy to advise you on recommend makes and models.

All musicians should have a practice file for items such as lyrics, chords and tabs, sheet music and hand-outs which will be required during rehearsal and workshop sessions.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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