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Music BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Bedford College

Course description

This course will introduce you to practical skills in music performance, rehearsal techniques and live sound, including composition and contemporary song-writing techniques. You will specialise in areas such as concert production and staging, operating live sound and events management. You will also learn the fundamentals of using computer software to produce and create music, using software such as Logic Studio, Ableton Live and Reason. You will work with a range of specialist lecturers (including practising musicians), in facilities equipped with industry standard equipment.

Course content

During the course you will study a variety of units, including:

  • Aural perception skills
  • Composing music
  • Music Production Techniques
  • Music and society
  • Pop music in practice
  • Sequencing systems and techniques
  • Functional music keyboard
  • The sound and music industry.

Entry requirements

To start the course you will need four GCSES grade A*-C, including English Language, OR a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music at Merit Level with Functional Skills. You will be asked to audition a short performance piece of your choice to demonstrate that you have the necessary instrumental or vocal ability to succeed on the course; some knowledge of music theory would also be advantageous.

Financial information

This course could be free! You will be eligible if you are aged 19-24 on the 31st August of the year you are starting your course and are actively seeking employment and in receipt of a means tested benefit (such as job seekers, housing benefit, council tax benefit). Please note you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you could progress onto the Music Technology Foundation Degree, or employment in the industry. The BTEC National Diploma attracts up to 420 UCAS points towards entry onto a degree-level course.

Further information

You will be given the opportunity to take part in a trip during your course. Trips will vary from year to year, but have previously included industry conventions/exhibitions such as Music Live, and educational trips to The British Music Experience and Marshall Amplifiers. You will be required to provide your own headphones and memory stick/hard drive to participate on this course. Advice on suitable equipment will be provided at the interview stage.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 February 2016
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