Music – BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music (Performance)


The Level 3 Foundation Diploma course leading to the Extended Diploma in Music in the second year,  is suitable for all instrumentalists or vocalists who have some proficiency and a passion to develop as a performer. The course broadens students’ experience and skills in solo and ensemble performing and includes workshops in improvisation and other techniques associated with live performance. The course is designed to provide learners with a comprehensive study of the fundamentals of music. Learners will focus on developing their music skills and a good understanding of the music industry.

The qualification provides the knowledge, skills and understanding that will prepare learners for further study or training. Learners taking this qualification will study two mandatory learning and teaching modules: ‘Music Skills Development or Music Production Skills Development’ (internally assessed)  and  ‘The Music Industry’ (internally assessed). The mandatory content allows learners to concentrate on either the development of their musical performance or production skills and creation techniques and relate them to the music industry.

Any musical style is suitable to perform, and the course includes training in listening and critical review. Confidence in some form of musical literacy skills is helpful although not essential. Students should be creative and willing to be involved with the musical activities of the Department. Specialist units include, for example, the Sound and Music Industry which will give students a good grounding in the inner workings of the Music business (including its structure, how to get freelance work and record deals).

Course Content

This course covers:

  • ​Solo music performance skills 
  • Ensemble work 
  • Listening skills 
  • Vocal and instrumental techniques 
  • Music promotion, distribution and the working life of the professional performer 
  • Musical style and context through presentation and delivery

Students will have the opportunity to develop general skills, as well as sharing their musical interests with other specialist musicians

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits & Experiences

The Department organises a variety of trips which include visits to: Perfomance Showcases, SoundExpo Show, and presentations by guest speakers and performers from the industry.

Students have the opportunity to take part in two performances in music venues outside of College as well as the in-house annual concert.


This course is for any instrumentalist or singer who wishes to develop their performing skills to a high level, perhaps with a view to a career in the music industry. The qualification has been developed in consultation with Higher Education establishments offering degree, diploma and professional training programmes.

Entry Requirements & Assessment

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

Students will be invited to attend an audition and interview with the Music staff after applying to follow the course. This will be an opportunity for students to present some of their performances and learn about how the course will develop their potential.

Students will do well on the course if they are:

·         Creative

·         Confident

·         Natural performers – perhaps already in a band

·         Fascinated by the workings of the music world in general

·         Self-motivated

·         Team players

·         Keen to develop their instrumental, vocal and performance skills to a high level

Students should be enthusiastic performers, creative improvisers, active listeners, possess good personal organisation skills and have high levels of commitment.

The course is assessed by 100% coursework, including performance logbooks, research, journals, audio and video evidence, presentations, accounts and evaluations.

The exam board for this Level 3 Foundation/Extended Diploma is Pearson BTEC.

What goes well with this course?

This course is the equivalent to three A Levels over two years so is full time programme of study. Students who achieve the highest GCSE grades may be able to study a fourth subject alongside including:

  • English
  • Psychology
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Media Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Business Studies


How To Apply

Applications for entry September 2022. The application form for the academic year 2022-2023 is available to complete online here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy. Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.



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