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All students study a range of music styles, from classical notation and serialism through to the popular music of the blues, R&B and world traditions. Each lesson develops the understanding of musical written notations and theory with a highly technical practical approach. Students have the option to develop their vocal, guitar, keyboard and percussion skills in every lesson. This is enhanced with private instrumental lessons, if required, and from trips and visits to the Academy from a range of professional performers and ensembles.


The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music is a popular course within the Academy. The main emphasis of the course is on music business and technology within the industry. The units covered across the three years are; creating a radio show, studio recording, solo and ensemble performance, careers and personal development within the music industry.

The courses are made up of unit assignments of both written and practical performance tasks. This gives the students the opportunity to perform and work in a variety of groups, musical styles and performance spaces within the Academy.

Students are trained to use and develop their music technology interest through working within the recording studio, using mac computers and music software and incorporating other curriculum areas within their units. For example, composing music for film, sampling and a live band recording for a music video using the department’s recording studio.


The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performing) is a 60-credit and 360-guided learning hour (GLH) qualification that consists of two core units plus four specialist units. The course is equivalent to one A level BTEC. This is a practical course looking in depth at the following unit areas:

Unit 23: Music Performance Techniques

Unit 33: Solo Music Performance Skills

Unit 40: Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble

Unit 7: Composing Music

Unit 24: Music Project

Unit 4: Audio Perception Skills

The intention of the course is to prepare students for music college, university and apprenticeships within the music industry. The course prepares students for working within the music industry either performing, producing/composing, Marketing and Promoting acts.