Course Details

This course is aimed at people who wish to enter the music industry directly or who plan to study music at University. The course covers a wide range of areas within the music industry.This includes developing instrumental/vocal technique, performance and rehearsal skills, knowledge of the music industry, studio production and recording techniques, music technology and musical theory. Students learn to work together in bands, select and prepare material and give regular performances. Weekly lunchtime gigs also give students the opportunity to hear visiting professional bands and artists. All students perform in Chi-Fest, the college's very own Music Festival. Students completing the course normally progress onto a second year which leads to a National Extended Diploma which is the equivalent of 3 A levels.

Entry Requirements

All students must achieve 5 GCSE grades A*-C. Students should be able to give a competent and musical performance (at audition) on an instrument or voice. Students should be reasonably confident when performing to others. Students do not need musical theory knowledge or GCSE music.

Career options

Degree courses in performance, composition, sound design, production, management etc. Work in the industry in a variety of fields including performer, composer, producer, studio engineer, manager, promoter, arranger etc.

Popular Music - Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

Five highlights

  • 1 The Department was rated OUTSTANDING by OFSTED in our last inspection
  • 2 Regular visits from guest artists and industry professionals
  • 3 Regular visits and trips to gigs, exhibitions and studios.
  • 4 All staff are regularly performing musicians.
  • 5 All students perform at our very own music festival - Chi-Fest!

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 31.08.2020
  • BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Music (QCF)

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MUS150CF1A Chichester Campus 1 Year 31.08.2020

What you need to know

What will I study?

You will learn how to; improve your instrumental/vocal technique; perform with confidence as a soloist and band member; perform in a variety of musical styles; use a recording studio effectively; use computer based technology to create, edit and notate music; read and write musical notation; write about music; create songs and compositions, market your skills as a musician; work with others to plan, rehearse for and promote performances. You will learn about; the history and social context of popular music; the structure and working of the music industry; jobs in the music industry.

How will I be taught?

You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods. Instrumental and group performance skills will be taught through practical rehearsals and workshop sessions. Studio Recording and Music Technology will be taught through hands on experience of industry standard equipment and software. A more classroom based approach will be used in subjects such as The Music Industry and Music Theory.

How will I be assessed?

A wide variety of assessment methods will be used. These will include; practical performances, continuous observation of work, written assignments, group presentations, timed practical tasks, portfolio building and classroom tests. Several units will be externally assessed

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