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Top Course Highlights
Learn from industry experts
You will be taught by staff with extensive experience in a range of fields from within the music industry.
The course is designed with progression in mind, giving you the skills to progress onto one of our Level 3 Extended Diploma courses.
Top Quality Facilities
Work in state-of-the-art facilities including fully kitted out practice rooms, professional recording studios and computer suites using the latest industry-standard software.
What Will I Learn?
Early on in the course you will form a band, and undertake a rigorous rehearsal schedule, exploring a wide range of musical material and you will work towards building a set of songs to perform live at a gig. Performance is at the heart of your course and so you will have lots of opportunities to try new ideas, work with different musicians and develop your rehearsal, communication, and performance skills on a weekly basis.
Creative Music Technology
During Music Technology sessions you will explore MIDI sequencing, sound editing, digital multitrack recording and mixing. You will have access to dedicated sequencing rooms, digital mixdown suites and our state-of-the-art 24-track digital recording studio.
Managing a Music Product
You will explore how the music industry works and how it is evolving, including the job opportunities available. Practical advice and support will help you to develop a broad range of skills to enhance your progression within the industry. You will also have the opportunity to develop planning and promotions skills in areas such as events management and marketing, which will support you in the creation of a music product such as a live performance or an online product.
Music and Production Analysis
You will develop a foundation of music theory and listening skills, as these are key to anyone wishing to be successful in the industry. We will look at how these skills can be practically applied, and you will sharpen your ability to identify musical genres, features of musical styles, and perform an analysis of production techniques.
The Development of Music
This element will allow you to look at popular music history, how world events have shaped musical development and how the wider world affects the music that is written and performed. You will look at the impact that society, culture, and technology has had in the evolution of popular music, and you will develop the skills required to be able to identify key aspects of musical styles such as instrumentation, structure, harmony, and melody.
Where Will It Take Me?
Successful completers of the Level 2 Certificate in Music, coupled with a GCSE Grade 4 or above in Maths or English, most often progress onto one of our Level 3 Extended Diploma courses in Music Performance, Music Technology or Live Events Production. These courses lead onto a range of careers within the industry.
Some career pathways include jobs as Session Musicians, Music Promoters and Events managers, Producers and Engineers, Film Composers, Record Label roles including A&R and Management, Journalists and Product Designers.
You are assessed in a variety of ways to suit you, including practical tasks, written work, verbal presentations, logbooks and technology-based projects. There are two controlled assessments where exam arrangements will be taken into consideration where required.
Three GCSEs at Grade 3 including English Language (or English Literature) and/or Maths. Though no formal music education is required, you should be able to display an enthusiasm and passion for the subject and have some previous experience in performance or production.
Information & Support
Working within the Student Services area, the Student Support team will see you on a one-to-one basis as needed and offer advice and guidance on financial, personal, and emotional issues. A professional team of staff work together with your personal tutor to support you so that you can successfully complete your course and recognise pathways to progression after leaving College.
Students will always need a set of ear or headphones, a notebook and a pen. Microphones, drum kits, keyboards and amplifiers are provided for use at College, so musicians just need to bring their instrument/jack leads/drum sticks etc.
Awarding Body: Pearson BTEC