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Music BTEC Level 3 at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Music?

We introduced this course for the first time in September 2017, following the success of our Music Performance course for the previous few years. This is an opportunity for serious and gifted musicians to extend their skills in the areas of Performance, Composition, Musical Analysis, Music Theory and Production.

This unique course, equivalent to 3 A Levels and running for a 2-year period, focuses on all the aspects required to become an outstanding musician. The course combines practical skills with theoretical elements, allowing you to perform, create and explore music through a vast range of genres.

The full resources of the department will be at your disposal, including a recording studio, multiple performance spaces and a fully equipped Mac Music Tech suite. Students will enjoy these superb music facilities, including a specialist studio with grand piano, digital piano, and five spacious, well-equipped practice rooms, with tutors who are highly-qualified and experienced, with some whom are graduates of leading UK Conservatoires of Music and professional musicians who perform extensively.

There will be numerous instrumental ensembles for you to be involved with, resulting in several concerts, along with workshops and trips to prestigious Music institutions. In addition, the Music Academy gives students the chance to take part in trips, guest lectures, and many performing opportunities involving instrumental bands and ensembles, choirs, rock music workshops, concerts, and concert tours (both local and international).

What will I study?

There are three main areas involved in the course:

  • Composing - you will compose your own music, and learn to write in different musical genres
  • Performing - you will perform as a soloist and ensemble member
  • Listening - you will listen to, and analyse, music, including knowledge of music theory

Entry requirements

For access to our Advanced Vocational courses, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 4 equivalent (5 x Grade 4 or C). This should include Maths or English (Language or Literature) at Grade 4, and no less than a 3 in the other.

For Music specifically, this should include:

  • Grade 4 Music OR
  • Grade 3 Music Theory AND
  • A successful audition (this is planned to be held in June).


How is the course assessed?

Assessment takes place through practical observations, assignments, and written exams throughout the year. Work is collated in a portfolio of evidence, and tutors will provide feedback to be logged in the learning journal, ensuring students are fully prepared for all assessments. The course combines practical skills with theoretical elements, allowing you to perform, create, and explore music through a vast range of genres. You will be encouraged to push past the boundaries of your musical skills by exploring improvisation and working with new software to create music that combines music technology and creativity.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

This course will allow you to go on to employment or further education in the Music field. Many of our previous students have progressed onto prestigious music schools.

Where are you going?

  • Conductor
  • Designer
  • Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Performer

Further information

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: LVEDMSC

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