True stories

FE students share their experiences.


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music (Pop) 

"I started playing bass when I was 18 and really wanted to get into music but had no way of meeting other musicians or idea about how to get into the Leeds music scene.
I applied to Leeds College of Music to meet like-minded individuals and start playing.
I’ve learnt so much since joining the course. The theory has given me insight and guidance into the composition of music and songwriting, and I’ve learnt to be confident in my playing. I now play bass in a band with people I’ve met at the Conservatoire and we’ve performed at loads of venues in Leeds."


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music (Classical)

"Everybody is really enthusiastic about music at the Conservatoire and willing to put a lot of hard work into things.
I chose the Classical Music pathway, which stemmed from interest in what I’d previously studied, and I’m really enjoying it.
There are lots of things going on in and around Leeds – theatre, bowling, cinemas and gigs. Leeds has got everything!"



BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music (Jazz)
"Studying at the Conservatoire has given me the opportunity to meet other musicians, produce new styles of music, and study different genres.
The tutors are really experienced and give you a realistic picture of what a career in music will be like."


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music (Pop)
"Leeds College of Music has a really good atmosphere with lots of friendly people. The tutors are approachable and although the course can be challenging at times, if you get your head down you will be fine.
In Leeds there are lots of places to go out and hear live music. I find there are loads of people who have similar tastes to communicate with, and it’s nice to get together and go out!"


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music (Classical)
"Leeds College of Music has a really great vibe. I’m doing a BTEC Classical Music course but I also like a mixture of different music from drum'n'bass to indie and rock, and Leeds has loads of places to see live music.
I enjoy living in Leeds and the College is a stone's throw away from the centre of town so it's handy for shopping or grabbing a bite to eat."



BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music (Pop)

"The vibe is great at Leeds College of Music. You make loads of connections and meet other musicians while receiving a great education.
The best thing about my course is performing. You get placed in a band and begin to work together on music, including lots of new styles."


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music (Technology)

"The Conservatoire is a really nice place to be and you are treated like an adult. You learn the skills which are important, things you need to know. You can offer your own experiences as well as learning new ones.
I enjoy the fact you are left to work at your own pace. However, you are not in a position where things become too relaxed, where you don’t want to work."

Explore our courses

Further Education

With our BTECs in Music and Music Technology you can develop your musical interests and expertise in a conservatoire environment.


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


Further your studies, focus on your specialism and work alongside Creative Practitioners with our MMus Creative Musican.