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Music - BTEC Level 2 Diploma at City and Islington College

Course description

Aged 16-18 with a passion for live performance and music production? This hands-on one-year course will give you the ideal introduction to the skills and techniques required to either progress to further education, or take your first steps as a live performer, recording artist or producer.

Course content

This course covers a variety of modules including live performance, allowing you to develop your repertoire and technical ability as a musician. You will also study composition and record and perform your own pieces throughout the year. The music business will be examined, developing your awareness of the different parts of the music industry, their functions and job roles within it. You will study the following units: The Music Industry, Professional Development, Performance, Music Technology, and Composition.

Entry requirements

  • You will need 4 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade D or above (including English).
  • All candidates need a good reference from a school, employer or sponsor, and will attend and interview and audition prior to full enrolment.


Assessment is made through on-going coursework assignments, practical work, written work and presentations.

Future opportunities

Students who successfully complete the course to Merit standard can gain entry to one of the Level 3 qualifications offered at the College. This course provides a wide variety of transferable skills and experience required to start a career in the music or arts industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City and Islington College directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2016
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    • The Centre for Business, Arts and Technology which offers some of the best modern music and media equipment in London.

      What We Offer

      At our Centre, based on Camden Road, Islington, we will help you achieve your ambitions, increase your life chances and place your voice at the Centre of everything we do. You can expect high standards of teaching and tutorial support to help you achieve your learning goals. You can also access careers advice and personal support when you need it.

      As part of your studies you will get the opportunity to take part in exciting projects, such as our End of Year Shows and Alternative Fashion Week.