Music Performance - Level 3
Start Date: 5th September 2022
More about the course
If you are serious about a career as a performer, this is the course for you. Taught by industry experienced tutors, who have toured the world and performed on Glastonbury's Pyramid stage, this is your opportunity to learn from the best and put a full-time focus on your music career. You will join a community of like-minded students passionate about music and collaborate with musicians and performers who have a wealth of knowledge from different musical backgrounds. At Newcastle College, we focus on teaching the music that matters to you and allow you to explore popular and contemporary music, developing your theoretical understanding along the way.
- 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above.
- 1 GCSE grade 3 in English or maths
- 1 GCSE grade 4 in English or maths
You will be invited to audition and to meet the team, to make sure this course is the right one for you.
What will I achieve?
This is a two-year programme. Upon successful completion you will receive a Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Music (Music Performance).
What will I learn?
- Ensemble skills
- Self-promotion skills
How is the course taught?
- Studio work
- Collaborative project
How am I assessed?
- Project work
Work experience opportunities
Our work experience team will be on hand to help you gain practical work experience through placements and live projects. You will also take part in masterclasses and guest lectures from industry experts. Last year, students had the chance to learn from John Waugh of The 1975, as well as Sam Fender's band-mates Dean Thompson, Tom Ungerer and Drew Michael.
English and Maths
English and maths are important skills for musicians. We will help to achieve a qualification in both if you do not already hold one, as well as help you to develop your existing skills.
You will explore maths through the development of technical language in music and using ratios when you work the mixing stations. You will also learn about language arrangement, as well as improve your communication in written work.
Where can I progress?
After successfully completing the course you can choose to progress straight into industry, an apprenticeship or move onto higher education.
Many of our students have progressed onto degree courses like our BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance.
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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What can I do with a qualification in Music?
Actors, Entertainers and Presenters
- Plays pre-recorded music at nightclubs, discotheques, and private functions.
- Conducts interviews and prepares reports for news broadcasts, current affairs programmes and documentaries.
- Introduces and presents radio and television programmes, reads news bulletins and makes announcements.
- Trains animals to perform entertaining routines and may perform with them.
- Performs singing, comedy, acrobatic, illusion and conjuring routines.
- Assumes character created by a playwright or author and communicates this to an audience.
- Studies script, play or book and prepares and rehearses interpretation.
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- Auditions and selects performers and rehearses and conducts them in the performance of the composition.
- Scores music for different combinations of voices and instruments to produce desired effect.
- Plays instrument as a soloist or as a member of a group or orchestra.
- Tunes instrument and studies and rehearses score.
- Conceives and writes original music.