Level 3 BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Music

Course: 90 Credit Diploma in Music FL3
Code: QS9DL3MUS1/F010H
Location: Hartford Campus
Dates: 12/09/2016 to 30/06/2017
Times: 09.10 to 16.30
Hours/week: 11.00
Weeks: 34



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What is the programme structure?

The music industry is one of the largest industries in the UK and is hugely important to the economy, employing thousands of people behind the scenes. Using the College’s industry standard pro-audio equipment, specialist performance spaces and studios, you will learn to perform, compose, record, sequence and sample.

The tutors, who themselves are professional musicians, producers and programmers, will guide you through the process of generating and realising your musical ideas. At the end of your course, you will undertake a major studio production project or live performance. Students have the option of choosing a Practice & Performance pathway or a Production Technology pathway. There are opportunities for collaboration with other creative arts courses such Performing Arts stage performances, Media projects and events photography.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is aimed at those students that wish to pursue one of the many career paths in the music industry.

How long does it take to complete?
1 year - Equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels. Successful completion allows students to progress onto the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Music in their 2nd year.

What qualifications do I need?

4 GCSEs at grade A* - C or equivalent (including GCSE English). You will also need to attend an audition.

What does it include?

This course is part of a study programme to provide learners with a coherent and enriching curriculum which will provide them with the academic, social and employability skills to progress to further or higher education or employment.

The content of the study programme is designed to broaden the learner experience beyond the main qualification of study.

The key theme of study programmes at level 3 will be the development of personal, social and enterprise skills to enable progression to higher levels of study or employment. All learners will undertake a work placement as well as projects that help to develop employability skills.

As well as your core qualification you will study GCSE or Functional Skills in English or Maths plus English and maths development as part of the core qualification.

Learners will also undertake personal progress planning and pastoral education.

Are there any special facilities for the programme?
The department has a range of specialist equipment, including: -3 well-equipped rehearsal rooms, with Yamaha drumkits, Mackie PA systems, and amplifiers by Marshall, Fender, Line 6, Trace Elliot and Ashdown. -Two recording studios, based around Mackie 8-bus desks and Apple G5 computers, running the latest versions of industry standard music software. -A new custom designed recording studio based around a Mackie DXB digital mixing desk and ProTools HD hardware. -Music Technology suite with 30 Apple computer workstations. -Lecture theatre with cinema display and 5.1 surround sound -5 project recording/sequencing rooms, with Apple iMac computers, running Logic Pro 8 and Ableton Live software.

Will there be any extra costs involved?

Students are responsible for the upkeep of their instruments, including strings, leads, tuners, sticks, reeds etc. Drummers must bring sticks/brushes, and may be asked to provide snare drums, cymbals, bass drum pedals etc. You may wish to supply your own headphones (tutors can recommend specific models). USB memory sticks are also recommended, and can be bought from the college shop. Optional educational visits are charged at cost as and when they arise, your Course Leader will inform you of these.

How is the programme assessed?
There will be continuous assessment of projects. Regular concerts and recordings of your work will form the basis of your musical portfolio. You are expected to make progress in a number of musical disciplines. A final project will usually take the form of an externally assessed live performance or final recorded project. As the programme progresses you will be expected to rely more on your own initiative. You will work with experienced professionals who have a long history of success in the music industry and are well placed to advise you on your future options or help you into higher education.

What award will I achieve?
Level 3 BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Music

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What can I do next?

Successful students can progress onto the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Music

Equal Opportunities:

Mid Cheshire College is committed to the implementation of a policy to achieve equality of opportunity for all staff, students and members of the community it serves. In doing so the College will actively work to achieve equality regardless of age, race, skin colour, disability, gender, marital status, sexuality and faith.The College supports the government initiative ‘Every Child Matters’ and ‘Youth Matters’ and all courses include elements which contribute to students achieving the five outcomes, namely, being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being.

How do I get further information?

Contact the college on 01606 74444 alternatively visit the website www.midchesh.ac.uk or email info@midchesh.ac.uk Students aged 19 or over may need to pay a course fee.

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