If you are interested in exploring the potential of a career in music, this one-year course is an excellent introduction. It is designed to give you a general overview of the performance and technology skills needed to succeed in such a fast-paced industry.
To support your main programme of study, future progression and life skills, you will also develop your skills in maths and English.
You will need at least four GCSEs at grade D or below, or an equivalent level 1 qualification. You will also need to attend a music audition/interview, where your skills and potential will be assessed.
The course is highly practical and centres around instrument skills development with solo and band rehearsals in fully-equipped rehearsal rooms. There are performance opportunities including gigs at local venues and the chance to audition to perform at festivals such as Glastonbudget Music Festival. You will also have the opportunity to receive individual tuition on your main instrument. For those more interested in technology there are also units including music production, recording and the music business.
Units studied may include:
The Music Industry
Managing a Music Product
Professional Skills in Music
Music and Production Analysis
Researching a Music Topic
Introducing Music Composition
Introducing Music Sequencing
Developing Modern Music Production Skills
Functional Skills form an integral part of the course. Its not all practical: the academic side is very important, too.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed both internally and externally throughout the year on musical projects, presentations and written essays.
Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?
You will need a pair of headphones and a USB memory stick, along with your own instrument where applicable.
This course is free for young people aged 16-18. All you will have to pay is a small enrichment fee.
If you are 19+ there may be a small cost to the course but we can help you understand this more at interview and you may be eligible for financial help dependant on your circumstances.
If you are 24+ you will need to apply for an advanced learner loan and we can advise you more on this when you come in and see us.
What can I do after this course?
This course will:-
Prepare you for careers in the performing arts or music industry
Provide lots of opportunities for musicians to develop a range of skills and techniques
Motivate you via applied learning and assessment
BTEC qualifications are recognised by employers and education institutions
Provide a good progression route to more advanced qualifications eg BTEC Nationals, AS/A2 Levels
Develop your esteem to work in a sector of choice, and give you the experience to make that choice
BTEC First Diploma is equivalent to four GCSEs grades A* – C. Upon successful completion you can progress on to a BTEC Level 3 Diploma. Typical employment includes; Studio-based assistant, Sound Engineer, Music Programmer, Acoustic Assistant, Composer, Performer, Theatre Technician.