Course Details

  • This course is for students who want to develop their skills as singers or instrumentalists. Working in bands, you will explore a range of musical styles and give regular performances at a range of locations including the iconic Manchester venue, Band on the Wall with which the department has an educational partnership. You will also develop skills in creating original music using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and learn about how the music industry functions and operates.

    You’ll study music theory and harmony, and learn how to apply this knowledge to your practical work. All aspects of the course take a practical approach, with regular live performances and professional masterclasses. You will also have the opportunity to work with a specialist tutor in a one to one or small group lesson on your chosen instrument or voice.

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

    Learners will complete the Foundation Diploma in year one and will then have the option of topping this up to an Extended Diploma in year two.

  • 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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