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BTEC Music

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 in Music


Rock School Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners

Entry Requirements

Four 9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent), including English


Any student who is interested in any of the 4 pathways. No prior GCSE music knowledge is needed but a passion for the subject and a good work ethic is necessary.  To study music performance you will need to be proficient in a musical instrument/voice.


Exam Board


Content relating to the subject qualification

A Music vocational qualification that does not have restrictions about the type of music you can study.

There are 4 pathways:

  • Music Composition
  • Music Business
  • Music Performance
  • Music Technology

You can specialise in one of these throughout the course.


Assessment of the qualification

There is no examination for this course.


You will complete 90 credits of coursework. This consists of a few modules, which you will choose. The exam board externally assesses 1 module and the rest of the modules are internally assessed.


You can choose to complete the extended diploma in Year 13 this means more credits need to be completed to create a total of 180.


Career Pathways

Music Business, Music Production, Music Composition undergraduate degrees.

Music Industry careers/apprenticeships/radio/live music sound engineers

Business study degrees, ICT undergraduate degrees.


Students perform in many school events such as the Sixth Form Presentation Evening, Choral Concert and Mass. Performance opportunities will also include students organising a concert for other students to showcase their work. This is a great opportunity for students of all ages to share their passion of music.


Trips are often taken to see concerts locally such as the Canterbury Festival and further afield to London for Concerts at The Royal Albert Hall. It is also encouraged for students to make contact with outside groups and organisations to visit Community Music Projects in the Local Area.


The Sixth Form Community Music Project in 2016 resulted in the final composition made being published on the BBC Website and entered into the BBC Ten Pieces Competition.