Full Time

Subject Area

Music and Performing Arts




16-18 Year Olds



Course Level


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Who is this course for?

The course is for anyone who wants to study music full time and/or make a career in the Music Industry and/or go onto Higher Education. It will not only help enhance your musical performance skills but also develop your abilities and knowledge in a whole range of musical areas.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You’’ll need at least four GCSE’s at a C grade or above or equivalent. You’’ll also need to pass an audition.

What are the key things you'll learn?

The course covers a variety of topics including:

  • Working with Music Notation Software Packages
  • The Music Freelance World
  • Major Music Project (double unit)
  • The Sound and Music Industry
  • Arranging Music
  • Improvising Music
  • Music Performance Techniques
  • Theory and Harmony
  • Pop music in Practice
  • Concert Production and Staging
  • Sound for the Moving Image

How you will learn

You’ll be assessed continuously over the program using a number of different methods including:
•    Practical Performances
•    Presentations
•    Portfolios
•    Written investigations
•    Workshop sessions and performances
•    Evaluations/Rehearsal Logs
•    Solo performances

Where could this course take you?

After successfully completing the course you could continue your studies at university or use your skills to find employment in the music industry.

What costs will you incur?

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old (on the first day of your course) and do not already have a full Level 3 of higher qualification, you will not have to pay course fees. This may be different for learners studying on a course in the workplace.

If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.