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Music (CPA Music Programme) BTEC Level 3 Diploma Edexcel at The Canterbury Academy

Course description

The CPA Music Academy programme is an excellent opportunity for students with a keen interest in performing, song writing, music theory and the music business to extend and develop their skills. During regular lesson time you will be taught by Mr. Freeman, while every Friday you will have a dedicated Music Academy day where you will work with professionals from different areas of the music industry, depending on the unit you are studying. These include music producer Dan Lucas, music technology and performance expert Steve Rickwood, and musical director Phil Hornsey, as well as regular tuition from Daniel Morris and Nev Willis. Daniel is a leading music agent throughout Kent and London and Nev is a published songwriter and top guitarist.

Course content

The qualification you will achieve through the CPA Music Academy programme is a Level 3 BTEC Music Diploma, which features twelve units, studied one per term, as follows:

· Contemporary songwriting techniques

· Music project

· Aural perception skills

· The sound and music industry

· Working and developing as a musical ensemble

· Sequencing systems and techniques

· Pop music in practice

· Music and society

· Solo music performance skills

· Music production techniques

· Music events management

· Music performance techniques


Assessment is 100% through a coursework portfolio which will be stored on the Performing Arts shared drive. The tasks are centred on a mixture of solo performing, group performing, music theory, song writing, understanding the music business and organising and planning live performances. Your work will be assessed by Mr. Freeman, internally verified by Mr. Jacob, and finally, externally verified by BTEC’s own examiners.

Entry requirements

We would recommend a grade 6 at GCSE in music or BTEC equivalent, and be able to sing or play a musical instrument to a good standard. It is also essential that you have enthusiasm for improving as a performer and songwriter as well as an interest in music theory and the music industry as a whole. The ability to work positively in collaboration with other students in the class, and with industry professionals, is also necessary due to the team-based nature of many of the projects you will be involved in.

Future opportunities

Vocational progression routes will naturally follow in such areas as session performing and recording, music events coordination, music technology careers, composing and song writing, teaching and studio engineer/production work.


Academic progression to higher education establishments is a popular next step following this course, provided your final grade for the Diploma meets the entry requirement for your chosen university or college, in terms of UCAS points.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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