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Popular Music Performance BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at South Downs College

Course description

If you enjoy performing live contemporary music as part of a band, this could be the course for you.

This is a largely practical course to be studied alongside an A level programme or a full-time BTEC Extended Diploma in Music Technology, adding a performance element to a very technical course.

Many students are now studying this course alongside the Advanced Music Production Subsidiary Diploma to gain a full education in music, while still enabling them to study two further A level subjects.

Course content

In the first year you will complete three units to gain a BTEC Certificate in Music, including a practical performance unit, which culminates in a performance at a professional venue at the end of each term.

In the second year you will complete an additional three units that focus on rehearsal and performance.

As well as developing as a band and performing contemporary music, you will study traditional genres (Jazz and Blues) and perform improvised pieces, gaining a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma at the end of two years of study.

Future opportunities

There are a variety of pathways open to those that complete this course.

Previous students have progressed onto music degrees; others have found employment within the industry; some have managed both.

It can also be used to bolster your UCAS points (equivalent to one A level) for acceptance onto unrelated degree courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years