Foundation Diploma in Music BTEC Level 3

  • Information on application
  • 2 Years
  • BTEC
  • London

The course focuses on performance in both ensemble and solo settings, general musicianship as well as researching and investigating professional practice in the pop music industry and the range of opportunities for solo performance. You will be expected to respond to set performance briefs alongside developing your knowledge of the fundamental rudiments of musical language. The course comprises 4 units which are: Ensemble Music Performance; Practical Music: Theory and Harmony; Professional Practice in the Music Industry; Solo Performance. Although there is no requirement to have Grade 5 Theory you will have to learn about music theory on the course – it’s not entirely practical!

Is this course right for me?

Studying BTEC Level 3 Music Performance gives you the opportunity to formalise and deepen your knowledge, experience and understanding of the contemporary music industry. You will analyse performance practice and incorporate current trends into your own music making in both solo and ensemble settings as well as strengthening your knowledge of the rudiments of music. This knowledge will then be put into practical use in vocational contexts to deepen your awareness of relationships within the organisations found in today’s ever evolving music industry. Although the course is largely practical, and mostly focused on performance of contemporary music, 2 units have externally assessed written exams.

Where next?

Performing, composing, music production, music/event management, music broadcasting/journalism and the wider creative industries. The rigour of the course will provide the learner with the relevant qualification base to study at university or music conservatoire. Students can choose to apply for university courses, conservatoires or start an apprenticeship/job in the sector after completing their studies. Careers where music is directly related to the job could include Music Therapist, Musician, Teacher and Sound Technician. Jobs where studying Music could be helpful are: Arts Administrator, Event Manager, Theatre Stage Manager, Sales, Tour Manager, Merchandiser and Public Relations Officer. Useful websites to research careers and wider progression options could include Careers in Music, UK Music, All About Careers and the Apprenticeship Guide.