The course enables students to develop their skills as a musician and a performer in all kinds of ways. You will work on their practical skills as well as your analytical skills in performance practice. You will also develop their knowledge of the development of popular music up to the present day and take part in organising events and projects which you will develop and lead yourself. You will look into the structure of the music industry and how to prepare to enter it yourself as an accomplished, all round musician. There are additional units exploring the relationship between musicians and the media, instrumental development and composing music.
Ideally you will have taken music GCSE or BTEC in year 11 and achieved a 5 or a distinction, but the most important thing is that you are a confident and able performer as these skills are crucial. You must also have a genuine passion for music and a desire to improve yourself as a musician and develop your leadership skills. If you have not studied music at GCSE or BTEC in KS4 speak to a member of the Music department for more information.
You will study eight units over two years; one of these units will be externally assessed and the others will be marked by your teachers. Some of your assessments will be written portfolio based work and some will be performances and compositions. Compulsory Core units include:
MUSRPA 349: Planning for a Career in Music
MUSPRA 387: Rehearsal Skills and Live Music Performance
You must be able to play an instrument fluently and confidently and be comfortable with performing. You must be a good team player and willing to work with others towards a goal on long term projects. You must be organised and able to keep to deadlines and you need to be passionate about music and have a genuine interest in music and all the activities that can be undertaken in this field.
Level 5 or above in GCSE Music or a distinction for BTEC. Ability to play an instrument confidently.
Continue study of popular music at university or college to gain a degree or similar qualification. Work in a music studio, work freelance as a performer, teach others how to play your instrument, work as a music promoter or in a theatre.