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Music at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

Studying music is a rewarding and enriching experience that will build on your existing skills and provides a solid foundation for your next stage in your career path.
The Level 3 BTEC in Music consists of three core units and three optional units which mainly focuses on performance.

The Music Department is staffed by a team of skilled and dedicated full and part time teachers supported by peripatetic staff and a music technology tutor. Our purpose built accommodation includes spacious teaching and practice rooms together with a recording studio.
You will receive tuition on your chosen instrument and the opportunity to join in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, trips and concerts to enrich your musical experience at St. Mary’s.

Entry requirements

For BTEC study you will need to have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above.  This must include GCSE Maths & English at grade C or above.


Core Units
Music Performance Techniques:This project focuses on performing on your chosen instrument.
Music Project: This project focuses on preparing yourself to perform in a concert / gig.
Planning a Music Project: This project focuses on you planning a live concert / gig.

Optional Units
Working and developing as a musical ensemble: This project focuses on ensemble skills, rehearsing both original and cover material.
Pop music in practice: This project focuses on gaining a broad understanding of the history of pop.
The music freelance world:This project focuses on a professional approach to working in the music industry.

Financial information

St. Mary’s Sixth Form has a bursary scheme that supports students, who meet eligibility criteria, with the cost of attending college.

The bursary scheme is made up of 2 parts - a payment of £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable and a discretionary fund for schools to distribute. The most vulnerable are classified as:

• young people in care;

• care leavers;                         

• young people in receipt of Income Support;

• disabled young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The discretionary element can be accessed via an application form and students should contact the Sixth Form office for further details. The College will consider every request for financial assistance and will endeavour to target the fund to help those students in greatest need

Future opportunities

You will be well prepared for further study in music or art courses. You will be able to demonstrate time management, good communication skills and the ability to work as a team.
Music is ideal preparation for many careers including teaching, professional musicianship, concert management, publishing, music therapy, TV and Radio. It also provides you with enjoyable training for your leisure time.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years