You will have the opportunity to work with different musicians across a variety of musical styles and will develop your skills and creativity through live performances at a variety of performance venues across the city.
The course is practical in nature, focusing on performance, instrumental development, composition and music sequencing as well as recording. You will have the opportunity to develop your listening and theoretical skills. Whilst studying the music industry you will look at how music business functions. You will also look at the broader employment opportunities available within the industry including performance, management and public relations.
You will be required to study functional skills or GCSE Maths if you do not already hold a minimum of GCSE grade C. (Many universities and employers ask for a minimum of GCSE grade C in both Maths and English).
You should be open-minded in your musical taste and be willing to listen to and play different styles of music from the 1950s to the present day. It is important that you can work with others in group situations. Some ability on your instrument or voice is required, but performance experience is not essential. Due to the nature of the course, strong attendance and punctuality is required throughout.
4 GCSE's at A*- D or acceptable alternatives, including English Language. Applicants need to be able to play an instrument to a competent level or sing. Interview will include an audition.
The course is assessed through coursework therefore students need to have good time management skills and be able to work to deadlines. Coursework includes practical group and solo performances, presentations and written assignments. The GCSE in music is largely based on practical work, such as performances and compositions, but there is also a written exam paper that is externally assessed.
The high level of satisfaction of students taking this course is reflected in the number who choose to progress with us to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music.
There has been investment in digital technology to reflect changes in music production and you will have access to fully equipped rehearsal and recording rooms along with a large performance space.
Will the course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is keen, motivated, open minded about musical styles and is willing and comfortable about performing both on their own and with others to an audience.
Approximately £25 is needed for materials and resources for the course. Those in financial hardship can apply for help from the college’s Learner Support Fund.