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BTEC Music Composing Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Nottingham Academy

Course description


Would like a career connected with music? This could be as a

performer, record company executive, music journalist or

composer to name a few possibilities. This is a skills led course

designed to set you on this path. In the first year you will

study all aspects of composing.

Course content

All areas of musical composition and performance. You will

learn how to compose different styles of music as an

individual and with a group. You will learn how to arrange your

compositions for different combinations of instruments and

technology. You will be taught the various ways that you can

write down music so that you can copyright and protect it. You

will also learn about the varying types of music that result

from the different ways that society uses music, from religious

worship to advertising and downloadable ringtones.


Units covered at Subsidiary Diploma (Composing)

– Composing Music.

– Arranging Music.

– Live Music Workshop.

– Music and Society.

– Music Theory and Harmony.

– Contemporary Songwriting Techniques.

– Working with Music Notation Packages.

Entry requirements

5+ A*-C grades at GCSE including

C grade or above in English and music.


You will produce a portfolio of written work. All compositions

will be used as evidence of your progress and graded. This

may be in the form of a live performance, a printed score or as

a download from a music technology programme. You will

then be given formal feedback so that you know how you

can improve.

Future opportunities

Past students have gone on to university to study music and

music with business. Other students have used it to gain work

as performers. It is also a good starting point for jobs in

marketing and promotions, music publishing, stage

management and many other areas in the music industry that

are not directly associated with performing as a musician.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nottingham Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year