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Music (Performance) BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate at Exeter College

Course description

his course is suitable for those who have a good level of instrumental technique and some performance experience and would like to consolidate their musical skills in a practical, industry-relevant way. There are three units of study in each year: two practical and one study-based. In your first year you will study the Certificate progressing to the Subsidiary Diploma in your second year.

Course content will include preparing for and performing at a range of assessed gigs as well as learning how to play music in a variety of styles with a specific focus on original material and songwriting.

Course content

The Level 3 Certificate in Music Performance comprises of three units of study:

  • Music performance techniques
  • Pop Music in Practice
  • Aural perception skills

These units are largely practical but each has an element of research and written work which must be completed to attain the unit grade. On successful completion of the Certificate, students can progress to the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in year two, gaining a full A Level equivalent (60 units in total).

The three study units of the Subsidiary Diploma are:

  • Song writing Techniques
  • Live Music Workshop
  • Working and developing as a musical ensemble

Entry requirements

You need at least five GCSEs at Grade C (including English Language). A good performance standard is required on an instrument or voice (approx grade 4). You will be required to undertake a short solo performance during the first week of term. In this performance, you should demonstrate an appropriate level of technical skill and musicality. Singers are strongly advised to learn the piano or guitar in order to aid their musical studies.

Students must also have a baisc understanding of music notation - you do not need to be able to 'read' fluently, however, you must know basic pitch (notes) and rhythm notation before beginning this course.

Future opportunities

In your second year, you can progress to the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performing), you could then go on to university level study, for example, a Music Higher National Diploma (HND) at Exeter College, a Music college or university. Alternatively you could seek employment in the industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 February 2016
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