Course Type / Attendance

Full Time

Subject Area

Creative Arts

Start Date

September 2019




16-18 Year Olds


A Level equivalent, BTEC

Course Level


Award to be received

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (A-level equivalent)

Regulatory Body


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Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to gain a further qualification in music and develop their music and performance skills.

You might want to explore career opportunities in music whilst studying other subjects.

Rather than the more ‘traditional’ A-level route, the programme has a greater emphasis on contemporary music. Although you will cover many musical genres, there is no focus on classical music.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You’ll need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language or Literature. You do not require a GCSE in music, however you will need some ability in the subject, either as a singer or instrumentalist.

You are also not required to be able to read music.

What are the key things you'll learn?

You will study three units in year one and another three in year 2.

The core units are:

Working as a Musical Ensemble

Music Performance Techniques

Solo Musical Performance

Over the two years, there are many performance projects and opportunities, along with more research-based units.


Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

How you will learn

You will learn via classroom-based activities along with independent research tasks.

There is a huge emphasis on practical and ensemble projects. Although one of the units focuses on solo performance, you will gain considerable experience in rehearsing and playing live gigs.

Teaching Staff

You will be taught be experienced music professionals, who have vast performance and industry experience.


You will be assessed via a combination of live performances, rehearsals, workshops, presentations, research and written tasks.

There are no exams.

Where could this course take you?

The programme carries the same UCAS points as an A-level, allowing you the same opportunities for Higher Education as a ‘regular’ A-level.

What costs will you incur?

There are no specific costs for course materials, however drummers are expected to have their own sticks/brushes/hot rods.

Guitarists/bassists are expected to bring their own instrument, along with a lead and tuner. Keyboardists will also need a ‘jack lead’. Any other instruments, such as brass, strings or woodwind would require their own instruments.

Other than that, microphones, speakers, amps, keyboards and drums are all provided. (They are also industry standard).