Course Details

  • In year one, you’ll study five units:

    • Performing as a Band
    • Creating Musical Material
    • Exploring Different Styles of Music
    • Planning a Career in the Industry
    • Practical Music Theory

    In year two, you will select an area of the music industry that appeals to you such as performance, song writing, recording, producing, composing or teaching and complete a large scale individual project such as writing or recording an album, presenting a series of gigs as a soloist or writing music for film and TV. You will also complete a substantial collaborative project where you will plan, market and present a major performance event as a group.

    You will take part in a range of live performances at various locations including the iconic Manchester venue, Band on the Wall.

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  • Please Click Here to view the specific entry requirements for our 16-18 Study Programmes.

    Work Experience is a vital part of the course and you will be supported in finding a work placement relevant to your study.

  • Although there will be some written assignments to check your understanding of musical theory, the vast majority of your assessment for this BTEC will be focused on rehearsals and live performances.

  • Experience gained throughout the qualification will help you progress to Higher Education such as the BA (Hons) Creative Music Professions at The Manchester College or gain successful employment as a musician, promotor, music events manager, music producer or teacher.

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  • Depending on your current age, position and circumstances, there may be a fee for this course.

    There are a number of different finance and funding options available to help you fund your academic studies with The Manchester College. These range from bursaries and grants to special loans for tuition fees. You can find out more about them on our dedicated Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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  • Our course enquiries team is on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.

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In one of The Manchester College’s 19 Centres of Excellence you’ll develop the skills and gain the qualifications that you need to take the next steps towards your dream career.

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