BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma



A two-year qualification equivalent to three A Levels, the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma gives you a wealth of musical experience and transferable skills, preparing you to continue to undergraduate study or the workplace.
Available in Music (performance) or Music Technology, the Extended Diploma lets you study a broad and stimulating curriculum consisting of a variety of units that are appropriate to your specialism and truly relevant to the modern music industry. 

This course is not suitable for international students who would require a Tier 4 visa to study with us.

Please note – Pop drummers and Pop singers applying to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Music will still be auditioned but will now be placed on a waiting list.


With the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music you can work in your preferred genre* – Classical, Jazz or Pop – while exploring topics as varied as ensemble skills, performance techniques and composition.

* Subject to numbers
The course is made up from a selection of units which cover such things as performance in ensemble groups, composition and music making through technology, research and analysis, listening and creating, music theory, culture and business.  Although practical musical skills development is a core aspect of the course, you will also spend time learning to use music software in a variety of contexts. The course also involves a fair amount of written and theoretical work often connected to researching and writing reports, or preparing and presenting information.  You will learn about the music industry itself and develop skills and knowledge which prepare you for professional life.  
Assessment is generally done through periodic coursework, projects and set tasks, including performances.  There is one written exam at the end of year 2.  You will attend lessons 3 to 4 days per week.
The majority of learners who undertake this course intend to progress to University or Conservatoire study. 

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels and carries UCAS points.


You will study units from the BTEC syllabus.  Below is a list of the possible units:

  • Music Performance Brief

  • Music Skills Development

  • Creating a Music Product

  • Music Composition Brief

  • Professional Practice in the Music Industry

  • Music in Context

  • Critical Listening

  • Arranging Music

  • Composing Music

  • Exploring Theory and Harmony

  • Music and Sound for the Moving Image

  • Contemporary Songwriting Techniques

  • Music Ensembles

  • Music Performance Session Styles

  • Improvising Music

  • Music Software Skills


Our alumni have gone on to sign with Island Records and have number one singles (John Newman), and compose music for film and television (Richard Canavan). 
If you choose to continue your studies in music at undergraduate level, the Extended Diploma will have given you a valuable headstart.
If you decide not to continue with music, there is no reason why you could not move on to Higher Education in another area – like any Level 3 qualification, the Extended Diploma gives you a skillset relevant to a wide range of study and work. 


In September 2018, Leeds College of Music's BTEC courses will move to become part of the Creative Arts Faculty of Leeds City College. For students starting the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in September 2017 this will mean one year of study at LCoM, followed by a second year at Leeds City College.

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