BTEC Level 3 Music

This course is for students who perform as musicians,  and are looking to further their musical studies and experiences in a variety of ways. It offers students the opportunity to gain a wide range of musical skills including:

Performance, Music Theory, Song Writing Techniques, Music Production (Recording and Sequencing), Music Business/ Events Management. Performance and events management are key to your training and typically you will take part in 8-12 live gigs per year in a variety of venues.

This qualification is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels, which means that when you finish the course you may choose to go into full time employment.  The natural progression is into the second year of the Extended Diploma. The Extended Diploma is a 'top up' and is equivalent to three A levels.

Preview tracks from the BigHead Musik Release are on our soundcloud.


Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade C/4 or above or equivalent Level 2 qualification. Profile must include GCSE English or Mathematics at grade C/4 or above. Grade 1 or above in Music Theory. Own instrument and successful audition. Equivalent qualifications will be considered. Satisfactory reference and interview.

As this is a performance-related practical music course, you will be required to supply your own instrument. At interview you will demonstrate your skills through an informal audition.

For second year entry onto the Music pathway (Extended Diploma) successful completion of a BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Music Tech or Music and satisfactory reference.

International Entry Requirements

Our team of specialist course tutors interview every applicant to ensure they are placed on the correct course. For entry on to the first year Music pathway (BTEC Level 3 90 Credit ) High School Leavers Certificate C grade or above or other related comparable qualifications. Satisfactory reference, informal audition. IELTS 5.0 or equivalent certificate.

For second year entry onto the Music pathway (Extended Diploma) successful completion of a BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Music Technology or Music and satisfactory reference. IELTS 5.0 or equivalent certificate.

Course Content

Highly practical and creatively demanding performance based course. Develops professional standard group performance skills (including technical and composition skills) combined with insight into the music and music production industries. Numerous performance opportunities.

Duration and Delivery

 The BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma is a full time one year course. If you choose to continue onto a second year pathway you will achieve a full Extended Diploma which is equivalent to three A Levels. On satisfactory completion of a 90 Credit qualification you will automatically be transferred to the second year to gain the Extended Diploma on a pathway of your choosing – Music Technology or Music.


On completion of 90 Credit Music pathway most students choose to continue onto the Music or Music Tech. Extended Diploma second year. Some mature students choose to progress onto an HNC, further training or into employment. Students who complete the Extended Diploma Music can progress to Higher Education; many progress onto our in-house HNC Music (Production), while others may win places either at alternative Universities or at specialist institutions to follow degree courses in related areas. However, we also expect that many will use this course as a direct step into a career in the creative industries.

Additional Information

This course will be delivered at our Creative Industries Centre. Special contact Caroline Hall Tel 0208 268 3266 or email caroline.hallThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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