Accessibility links

Music BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at The Bourne Academy

Course description

The BTEC course is an exciting course that is designed for people with a real enthusiasm for music. This course is mainly practical and you will learn through practical workshops and performances. This course is equivalent of three A-levels and is a two year course.

You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations within the Music Industry. The course will develop and support your performing as well as developing events management skills by putting on events both in the Academy and in the community. You will develop your skills within music technology and our newly equipped music teaching spaces will ensure the space you work in is inspirational.

Course content

The course is made up of a mixture of 17 units- four core units and twelve specialist units selected by tutors to best suit individual strengths.

Mandatory Units

  • Aural Perception Skills
  • Major Music Project
  • Music and SocietyThe Sound and Music Industry

Examples of Specialist Units

  • Composing Music
  • Music Events Management
  • Concert Production and Staging
  • Music Production Techniques
  • Music in the Community
  • Pop Music in Practice
  • Solo Music Performance Skills
  • Marketing and Promotion in the Music Industry

Entry requirements

Students will need to have four or more A*-C grades at GCSE, a BTEC First Certificate or Diploma in a related subject. External candidates will need to follow an audition process involving a two minute performance on their chosen musical instrument and interview.


All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. Throughout the course there will be opportunities for you to develop your personal, learning and thinking skills. You need to be able to work creatively, develop chosen ideas practically and shape them into performances pieces

Future opportunities

This course is designed to prepare you for a vast range of jobs in the Music Industry as a musician, events manager and producer. BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are valued by employers and by universities. It also provides students with the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes which are all essential for working life in general.

Further information

Within the two years of the course you will have opportunities to learn through performance projects such as the School Production, Summer Music Café as well as developing your own schedule of performance events. You will work alongside professional artists who are currently involved with the industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years