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Music BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Strode College

Course description

Learn how to produce, refine and conceptualise your music to take it to a wider audience.

Discover how to turn your instrumental techniques into the skills needed in session, recording and performance situations. Gain the knowledge to refine, market and sell your music. Learn about where the music we listen comes from and where it sits in the context of our culture. Gain a qualification worth 3 A levels that has transferable skills in many areas of Media, Music Industry, Business and Management.

Course content

On this two year course, you will develop your knowledge and techniques and be encouraged in the entrepreneurial spirit which underscores our broad, creative and successful music industry. Different aspects of music and the music industry are covered including: musical and performing techniques, media and promotional skills, events management, songwriting and composition. You will be encouraged to develop acts and record work for an audience and you will be taught how to put this into the market place and plan a portfolio career. Session player skills, building an ensemble, music production techniques, theory and aural skills are a few of the units you will cover.

As well as performing regularly in Strode Theatre and around college, you will be encouraged to perform at venues in Somerset. This culminates in a major project in the second year which is modelled upon planning a mini tour to promote your acts and recordings. This is a real launch pad into the skills needed in the thriving music industry in this country.

This course complements our Music Production and Media courses; there may be opportunities to work with these students to shape and produce recorded products and market acts through video and podcasts.

  • We have recording studios incorporating digital and analogue recording technology, a Music Technology Suite with AppleMac computer workstations and rehearsal studios.
  • You will have opportunities to perform in Strode Theatre and other performance venues.
  • Subsidised instrumental and vocal tuition.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A* - C or equivalent, such as Level 2 Diploma plus a GCSE A* - C. Music and English Language GCSE grade C or above is recommended. It is expected that you will have vocal or instrumental skills at a suitable level. You may be asked at interview to perform an audition (prior notice will be given).


Units are assessed by practical and written assignments that clearly outline what you have to do and how you will be assessed. Pearson Exam Board.

Financial information

Headphones, USB storage device and your own instrument.

Future opportunities

Our students do well, whether they seek academic or vocational music degrees or HNDs or if they continue as self employed musicians. Former students have obtained degree places on music related courses including Bath Spa University, Commercial Music; Falmouth University, Popular Music; Contemporary Music at the Academy of Contemporary Music Surrey, Brighton Institute of Modern Music, Events Management. Others continue to perform professionally as part of the local and regional music scene or to provide private instrumental tuition.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 April 2016

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