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The Pearson BTEC Higher National in Music allows all musicians and vocalists to study at Higher Education level for two years in West Dorset.

The course focuses on preparing students for real world popular music careers and will include industry relevant modules such as:  applied music theory, advanced performance and technique, fundamentals of composition, arranging techniques, marketing and promotion.  Performance is a key focus and there will be opportunities for live performing across the South West.

Benefits of studying at Weymouth College:

  • Flexible delivery enabling you to work and learn at the same time.
  • Exciting and varied programme of theoretical and practical subjects
  • Specialist staff with industry experience.
  • Excellent facilities and learning environment
  • Opportunities to gain valuable industry experience.

The course can be ‘topped up’ to a full degree by a third year at another HE institution and lead on to post graduate study courses such as teacher training.  Apply via UCAS (Institution Code: W66, UCAS Course Code: W310) or contact Weymouth College for further information.

Benefits

  • Flexible delivery enabling you to work and learn at the same time.
  • Exciting and varied programme of theoretical and practical subjects
  • Specialist staff with industry experience.
  • Excellent facilities and learning environment
  • Opportunities to gain valuable industry experience

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally be at least 18 years of age. Applications are welcomed from candidates with a subject-specific Level 3 course such as a National Subsidiary/Diploma/Extended    Diploma, A Level, Access to Higher Education Course, or a work-based course, such as NVQ 3 or Advanced Apprenticeship with a minimum 48 UCAS points achieved. International applicants will be required to have an IELTS score of 6 achieved within the last two years to apply for this course.  Mature  students may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.  Applicants will normally be invited for interview

Course Content

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Music  is a qualification with a minimum of 240 credits from mainly 15 credit units.

 

Year 1

Mandatory Core Units: The Music Industry; Marketing and Promotion for Musicians (Pearson-set); Professional Development

Specialist Units: The Evolution of the Instrument; Applied Music Theory; Performance; Instrumental Technique

Option Unit: Fundamentals of Composition

 

Upon successful completion of year 1 full-time students can be awarded a stand-alone HNC Music (Performance).

 

Year 2

Mandatory Core Unit: Creative Research Project (Pearson-set) (30 credits)

Specialist Units: Musical Direction in Practice; Advanced Performance Skills; Live Arrangement Skills

Option Units: Advanced Music Event Management; Composing to a Brief; Notation and             Transcriptions.

 

How will I be assessed?

The course is predominantly assessed through the completion of assignment projects. Much of the study will require work outside of formal classes, so self-motivation and good time management skills are essential. As a guideline you are advised that a 15-credit unit approximates to a learning time of 150 hours.

 

Progression

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant Music-related courses.  Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific Higher Education providers.  For example Southampton Solent offer BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance (Top Up) with an entry requirement of a Merit profile as well as a range of other Music course options.  After completing a BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma, students can also progress directly into employment.

 

 

Fees

The course fees for all students for this course will be £5750 per annum for 2020/21. Details of the student finance available for all higher education students can be found on the student  finance website www.gov.uk/student-finance.

 

Additional Course costs

Include a £20 College parking permit if applicable.

 

 

*Note – All costs may be subject to change and may vary dependent on place of purchase.

 

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