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Music Performance BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

This is a 2 year full-time vocational course designed for people who want to develop as a musician and learn about the music industry. The course includes an instrumental workshop in either guitar, bass, vocals, drums or keyboards. Students will be required to rehearse with other budding musicians, working towards assessed performances throughout the two year programme.

Entry Requirements

You should be a dedicated vocalist or instrumentalist who has had some experience in performing popular music. You will need at least five GCSEs at grade C including English Language or Mathematics or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music awarded with Merit or above. A minimum of GCSE English grade D is also required. Suitability for the course will be considered by interview and audition. At the interview stage you will be given the chance to discuss any matters relating to the course, the audition process, other qualifications and college life in general.

Please be aware we offer a Level 2 Diploma in Music Performance if you think you will not achieve five GCSEs at grades A-C.

Course Content

This course is structured around practical and assignment based academic units. Assessed performances will take place at local music venues within the Portsmouth area. In addition to performing, you will cover many different areas of the music industry including live sound; world music; music business; music theory and recording using industry standard recording software and equipment.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by music industry professionals who are both qualified lecturers and specialists in their discipline. The course programme uses practical teaching methods to develop essential skills as a musician. Classroom and homework activities will help you discover fundamental aspects of the music industry and other music related areas.

How will I be assessed?

You will be continually assessed in all units, meeting criteria that will be graded PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION. Some criteria will be completed in class, with the remainder being achieved through written assignments and end of term performances/assessments.

Will I need any extra equipment?

Our rehearsal studios are well equipped. Guitar and Bass players are required to provide their own instrument, leads and tuner. Drummers will require their own sticks and/or hot rods. Vocalists may sign out a microphone within the department, however it has be known for vocalists to acquire their own microphone in the interest of hygiene. Our staff will be more than happy to advise you on recommend makes and models. All musicians should have a practice file for items such as lyrics, chords and tabs, sheet music and hand-outs which will be required during rehearsal and workshop sessions.

What qualifications will I get?

Having successfully completed all the units, you will be awarded with a BTEC Extended Diploma in Music (Performance) which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. This is a nationally recognised qualification.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Higher education to study at degree level (around 30% of students on the course choose this route). Alternatively you could go straight into the music industry. You may also use the qualification to access other degrees/employment in areas such as media; film and television; broadcasting; acoustics; events/music management; live sound and other disciplines that are not directly related to music.

Course Information

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and examination/assessment fees. There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification.

This course no longer attracts government funding subsidy for students aged 24 or above on the start date of this course. To help pay for these fees you may be entitled to the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.

Please contact Customer Services on 0800 056 0511 or email customerservices@southdowns.ac.uk for further information.

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