From September 2018, the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma and 90-credit courses in music and music technology currently run by Leeds College of Music will move to be part of the Creative Arts Faculty of Leeds City College (LCC).
Leeds College of Music, part of the Leeds City College Group, has been a leading independent provider of music Further Education since 1993, with graduates including John Newman, Badly Drawn Boy, The Marmozets and Jimmi Naylor and Oliver Main of The Pigeon Detectives. However, the conservatoire’s unique relationship with Leeds City College means that it is now in a position to hand over delivery of its BTEC courses to the established and high-performing Further Education institution.
Teaching of the BTEC courses will commence at Leeds City College in September 2018, a move that will put learners at the heart of the Creative Arts Faculty, studying alongside performing arts, media and art and design students.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma students enrolling in 2017 will apply to Leeds College of Music and spend their first year at the conservatoire, followed by a second year at Leeds City College. Students wishing to start in September 2018, or later, will apply directly to Leeds City College.
The conservatoire’s Further Education staff will join Leeds City College as part of the move, ensuring consistency for learners, as well as continued access to expert tuition.
Leeds College of Music will continue to deliver undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, complemented by bespoke short courses and training for young musicians, at their award-winning Quarry Hill campus.
FAQs for students
Where will I be based during my BTEC studies?
For your first year you will be based at Leeds College of Music at Quarry Hill.
For your second year you will be joining Leeds City College. All FE music and music technology students have access to fit-for-purpose facilities and the changeover is managed with as little disruption as possible.
What will my certificate say?
If you complete the 2-year course, your certificate will come from Leeds City College.
Will the facilities be the same?
For your second year at Leeds City College:
The Mac suites will be the same size and specification
The studio will be the same in terms of technical specification
All will be built fit for purpose by the same team that build the Leeds College of Music facilities
Will I be taught be the same staff?
Yes, though we cannot guarantee that staff might change job in a year’s time.
Will there be facilities for one-to-one tuition?
Yes, there are small teaching spaces in the new development.
Will there be Steinway pianos available?
This has not yet been confirmed.
Will the student support system will be the same?
At present we cannot say, but students will be transferring to an environment that caters specifically for the needs of Further Education students.