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Popular Music (Performance) BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Richard Huish College

Course description

Are you a musician that loves performing both in bands and as a soloist? Do you want to develop your skills and grow as a performer? Then Popular Music (Performance) is the perfect course for you. From Rock to Pop, Folk to Fusion, this course is well suited for all types of musicians from drummers to singers, guitarists to keyboard players, in fact anyone interested in gaining the essential skills and knowledge needed for future study, or a career in Popular Music.

Course content

The BTEC Extended Certificate in Music involves practical and investigative work centred on the performance of contemporary popular music, and learning about the inner workings of the music industry. The key to success in this course is to keep on top of all your coursework and respond positively to the feedback that you will receive from your teachers along the way.

Throughout the course you will be working as part of a production team towards putting on a major music concert at the end of the year. This will involve choosing repertoire, perhaps writing your own songs, designing promotional material and working with a budget. It will give you a real insight into what it is like to put on live music events.

Entry requirements

Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English


There are regular formal assessments in the form of performances, presentations and creative written work. 

Future opportunities

  • Providing vocationally-related education and training for those who are intending to work, or who already work, in the Music Industry
  • Providing opportunities for learners to achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 vocationally specific qualification either to enter employment in the music industry sector or to progress to higher education or vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Music Performance and Music Production.
  • Providing opportunities for learners to develop skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to the music industry in an applied learning context giving learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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