Frequently asked questions.

BTEC qualifications are vocational. Does that mean everything is practical? What about written work?

BTEC qualifications allow for a range of assessment types. While the focus of a BTEC qualification is in developing practical, work-based skills, we are also aware that learners need to develop a range of skills – both for the workplace and for progression to Higher Education.
Assessments are designed so that students can present evidence in a way that is most appropriate to them.
However, we are keen to develop learners’ academic skills so that they are equipped for the challenges they face after their Further Education studies – so while there are plenty of opportunities for performance and/or studio production work, learners are also asked to develop a critical understanding of the processes involved in their work and present these findings appropriately.

I am worried that my son/daughter would be putting all their 'eggs in one basket' by specialising in one subject, for example the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology. Would they be limiting themselves? What if they decide they don't want to carry on studying music?

While it is true that, by studying one of the BTEC qualifications here at Leeds College of Music, your son/daughter will be specialising in a music- or music technology-related subject, they will end up with an officially recognised qualification that is equivalent to A-Level. They therefore have scope for progression to many courses.
BTEC qualifications also give students many transferable skills such as team working, project management, research and critical evaluation.

What is a BTEC worth?

A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A-Levels (or Advanced GCEs).

Can my son/daughter progress to Higher Education with a BTEC National (Level 3) qualification?

Yes. All BTEC National (Level 3) qualifications qualify for UCAS/UCAS Conservatoires tariff points. At the end of the course, successful learners are awarded an overall grade, e.g. MMM. This grade is then awarded UCAS/UCAS Conservatoires tariff points.
The chart below shows the points available for BTEC Nationals at Level 3.

BTEC Grade

UCAS/UCAS Conservatoires Points

D* D* D*


D* D* D


D* D D
















P = Pass
M = Merit
D = Distinction


Will you tell me how my son/daughter is getting on?

Yes. We run two parents evenings each year for all students under 18.
Attendance overviews and reports of grades achieved so far are also given. Each student will have a designated group tutor, who you can contact for additional information on your son/daughter’s progress.
A dedicated absence monitoring officer will also contact you should there be any concerns over attendance.


Will my son/daughter get a job after studying music or music technology at Leeds College of Music?

A career in music is maybe not the most straightforward option – but making a living from skills in music or music technology is neither as difficult or as mysterious as people tend to think.
Built into all the BTEC qualifications are music industry units, which encourage learners to explore all aspects of employment opportunities within the industry. In addition, learners have access to music industry professionals who can inspire and educate them about employment opportunities and the skills needed for these jobs.

Previous students have gone on to employment in a variety of areas, e.g. teaching (private tuition and school/college), arts management, promotion,
live sound (theatre, live bands, conferences, concert venues), performing (cover bands, original bands, classical ensembles, professional theatre work, cabaret, dancing, session work, DJ), the armed forces bands, TV/radio, retail, production companies, and as a sound engineer/producer.

Explore our FE courses

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Explore a variety of topics in either Music or Music Technology, obtaining a qualification equivalent to three A Levels that prepares you for Higher Education or the workplace


Refine your craft in Classical, Jazz, Popular, New Music, Production, Film Music or Music Business.

How to apply

Chosen a course? Check entry requirements, read our guidelines and continue to application