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Music Industry Skills (Performance) BTEC Diploma level 2 – C0125

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Course Overview

This course offers a very practical approach to what is involved in being a modern musician. You will learn the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in the modern music industry.

If you are age 16 to 18, you’ll be enrolled on a study programme which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade four or above. You will also need to complete some related work experience and take part in employability sessions.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The course is highly practical and centres around teaching you the underpinning elements of being a Performing Musician. During the year you receive small-group tuition on your main instrument, which will then feed your assessed band rehearsals and performances and your instrumental skills development. You will also study units on the history of popular music, the music business, music technology, musicianship, composition and songwriting. You will take part in recording sessions in our high-spec studios with the music technology students and take part in local gigs at city centre venues including the college’s Sue Townsend Theatre.

You will need to commit to at least five hours practice on your instrument in your own time each and every week, this is vital for you as a musician.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course requires four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) including English (essential) and maths (desirable). You will be required to provide one reference and it is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance at your last place of work or study.
You will be invited to attend a welcome event where you will participate in an audition to show that you are at a suitable level on your instrument: this is to support your careers choice and ensure that we place you on the right programme for you.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is via coursework completed over the year.
You will need to evidence in your work that your skills and understanding are sufficient to pass each unit or achieve higher grades. Examples of assessment include performances at gigs, instrumental demonstrations, reports, compositions and presentations. We use a broad range of assessment to give students a wide experience and develop skills that will be useful in industry.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £2000.00

Additional Costs

£99 for term two and three instrumental lessons. £20 materials fee.

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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Course and Career progression

Progression is possible onto the Music Performance or Music Technology Extended Diploma level 3, depending on whether you wish to continue as a performer or pursue a more technical route.
You may also progress into related employment in the music industry. This could include work as a session musician, tribute bands, or teaching (with additional experience).

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study, take an instrumental and musicianship audition and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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