BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma

Music (90-Credit Diploma)


This 90-Credit Diploma in Music is available for those who want to study for only one year. This will be because either you already have AS qualifications and some UCAS points, or you just want to do a one year course.
Available in Music (performance) the 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.


With the 90-credit Diploma you can work in your preferred genre* – Classical, Jazz or Pop – while exploring topics as varied as ensemble skills, performance techniques, the music business, 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.  You will attend lessons 3 to 4 days per week.
The BTEC 90-credit Diploma carries up to 84 UCAS points (dependent on overall grade).


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

  • Music Skills Development

  • 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

  • Music Ensembles

  • 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). 
This one year BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma is designed as a standalone course. If you have chosen to apply and study on this, we would not normally expect you to continue beyond that single year.  If you should for any reason wish to request to stay and 'top up' to the larger Extended Diploma by taking a further year's study, you will be required to apply for this separately, and there may be cost implications depending on your age. Please ask for more information if this is something you might consider.

If you choose to continue your studies in music at undergraduate level, the 90-credit Diploma will have given you a valuable headstart!

Please ensure that you check entry requirements for any HE courses you may wish to subsequently apply for.  We accept no liability for a failure to meet such entry requirements.  The BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma carries a limited number of UCAS points which, depending on the grade achieved, may not be sufficient to meet entry requirements for HE study.  If you intend to combine existing AS or A Level UCAS points with those from the 90-credit Diploma you should also check that this will meet the particular entry requirements of any HE institution you may wish to apply to.

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 all recognised Level 3 qualifications, the Diploma gives you UCAS points and a skillset relevant to a wide range of study and work. 


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