Music (Performance) BTEC

BTEC Music (Performing) is the ideal qualification to gain a base for further training and employment within the music business.

The aim of the course is to improve your technical and performance expertise on your instrument. You will spend the majority of lessons engaged in rehearsal and performance work; exploring a wide range of repertoire from the 1950s to the present day. You will work in groups and also perform solos. There are opportunities to develop your song-writing and composition skills and you can perform original music as well as cover versions. You will stretch your imagination, develop group skills, self confidence, self reliance and organisation skills.

Studying Music performance will give you the ability to continue to improve as a performer and gain an understanding of this ever growing industry.

  • Course Outline
    • Year 1 – Certificate

      • Music Performance Techniques: Students perform solo and in ensembles and explore how personal practice improves their proficiency on their instrument/voice.
      • Pop Music in Practice: Students investigate the development of popular music from 1950’s rock‘n’roll to the present day through performance. Group work tasks include accurate cover versions and also stylistic song-writing tasks.
      • Music Project: The year culminates with a gig organised by the students. For this unit, students are required to plan, prepare, perform in and review their own ‘Band Night’. The performance is open to the public and students get a taste of being Manager, Roadie, Performer and Journalist!

      Year 2 – Subsidiary Diploma

      • Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble: Students plan, rehearse and perform within a band. We look at how groups develop and the skills required for them to continually improve. This unit is culminated by a public gig at the end of the Upper Sixth year.
      • Music Performance Session Styles: Students investigate specific and challenging genres of popular music and the specific instrumental and stylistic techniques to perform accurately in these styles.
      • Live Music Workshop: This unit investigates music for purpose. Students work on creating and developing music for specific requirements. We have looked at music for film, music for specific venues and music inspired by poetry and art.
  • Trips & Events
    • We visit the Beatles Experience in Liverpool every year. We regularly welcome many professional performers to college to deliver workshops and masterclasses. Students have the opportunity to observe open rehearsals by visiting professionals and become involved in college events and performances. Each year of the course culminates in a full scale public gig which every student performs in.


  • Career Opportunities and Further Study
    • The course is ideally suited to those who love to play their instrument or sing. A high proportion of our students go on to study music performance at University.

      Past students attend some of the most prestigious institutions in the UK, including: Royal Northern College of Music; Leeds College of Music; BIMM. Students have also left us and forged successful professional performance careers without further study.

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Entry Requirements 2019

You can download provisional entry requirements for 2019 courses below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

What our students say

Great teachers for music, with a great understanding for the course, really helped with my development as a musician

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