Course Title BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate in Music Composing (A Level)
Level: 3
Code MS068

Overview of the Course

This course is an introduction to the vocational study of music and music technology composition. You will have the opportunity to work individually and as part of a team within a music environment. You will also learn to develop a professional approach to all aspects of music performance and studio recording technology. Musicians will complete an audition on their chosen instrument, selecting one piece of their choice. Students wishing to take the Recording/Production pathway will be assessed on their suitability at interview.

What are the career opportunities?

Career opportunities inlcude the following working in the following areas: Publishing and management, Recording studios, Live venues, Radio stations, Broadcasting, Studio engineer / Live sound engineer, Radio studio producer, Composer, Producer.

What are the entry requirements?

Five GCSEs grade A*-C (9-4) as well as a successful written test and audition.

How long is the course and when can I start?

The course starts in September and lasts for one or two years. One year is a Level 3 Certificate worth 30 credits. Two years is a Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma worth 60 credits.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You are assessed continuously through assignments and projects. There will also be a written exam for one of the units.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

You will gain a range of employabilty skills in different areas. Specialist sector skills: Musical composition and arranging, Studio recording and post-production, Music Performance, Creating sound for moving image. English/literacy related skills: Topic research, Assignment and essay writing, Speaking and listening/ communication, Class presentation. Maths/numeracy related skills: Time Signatures, Counting bars of music, Studying and rhythmic compositions, Budgeting for performance and studio recording.

Work experience

Work experience includes public performances and live sound engineering as well as studio recording projects.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

A range of enrichment activities are available in college and the A Level Study Programme team will provide you with opportunities to do activities that contribute to your wider growth and development and in many cases will support your academic studies by allowing you to explore things that are related to the subject areas that you are interested in. Enrichment opportunities include master classes from range of industry professionals, out of college performance and recording and Future Music trips.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There may be additional costs for musical instruments, a USB for backing up your work and headphones.


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