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Music Rock School Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

- Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine          problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology.

- Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation.

- Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.


Course content

Potential Topics that will be studied

  • Music Performance (solo and ensemble)
  • Sound and recording engineer
  • Professional Practice and Business in the Music Industry (including marketing, managment, organisation, advertising and promoting)
  • Composing Music
  • History and Origins of Music in context

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Minimum 'pass' grade at BTEC Level 2 Music and an audition for the Performing course. 

Level 5 English and mathematics for the Business Course

Level 5 English for the Composing course and History and Origins course.





Externally assessed units - the styles of external assessment are:

- Set tasks, where learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task. 

Internally assessed units - Most units are internally assessed. Examples of what would be internally assessed are:

- Writing up findings of their own research

- Case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations

- Carrying out projects, where the learners have the choice over the outcomes

- Demonstrating practical and technical skills using appropriate equipment and        techniques. 


Future opportunities

Progression and career opportunities

For learners who wish to study an aspect of music at Higher Education, opportunities include:

  • BA (Hons) in Performing Arts, if taken alongside an A Level in Music and a BTEC in Performing Arts.
  • BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management, if taken alongside a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business
  • BA (Hons) in Music Business and Arts Management, if taken alongside a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business and an A Level in Art.

Subsidiary Diploma Courses provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university.  The transferable skills that universities value include:

  • The ability to learn independently
  • The ability to research actively and methodically
  • To be able to give presentations and be active group members

Further information



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: 01 November 2018
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