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Depending on the level at which you choose to study Music, there are a number of compulsory units that will be covered. You will fundamentally study and perform a variety of music from different genres and styles, as well as developing a greater understanding of how music is written and performed.

Why study Music?

Music is everywhere in our society, whether on TV, Film or the Internet. It’s an ever evolving art form that adds colour and interest to everyday life. Without the next generation of young musicians the industry stands still.

The Music Industry is an ever growing sector with traditional music making, technological developments in the recording industry and the impact of music to complement daily life; Young musicians are a key asset to the continued success of this industry.

Music is used as a powerful tool to get social, political and entertainment agendas across in society and you can play your part in its continual development.

Music also provides a unique set of skills, which are acknowledged to be excellent preparation for a range of disciplines, careers and vocations. It combines arts, humanities, maths, science, sociology and technology. It teaches research skills, and guides students in the application of evidence to a range of contemporary situations.

Music is recognised by both educational institutes and employers because of the invaluable skills that it teaches you, such as teamwork, self-discipline, commitment, perseverance and confidence to name a few.

Which syllabus do we follow?

We follow the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Specification and are able to offer three different Course Options:

  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performing)/Extended Certificate equivalent to One A Level
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music equivalent to TWO A Levels
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music equivalent to THREE A Levels

All courses attract UCAS tariff points – up to:

  • 56 for Subsidiary Diploma D*
  • 112 for Diploma D*D*
  • 168 for Extended Diploma D*D*D*

What is the course about?

This is a practical course designed for anyone aspiring to work in the music industry as a performer, with a core focus on developing skills as a soloist and in a band. You will use our state of the art industry standard facilities to create and record your own styles of music.
During this course you will study and perform a wide range of music across a range of styles and genres. You will focus on specific pieces of music, as well as developing a greater understanding of how music is written and performed.

Performing will be assessed on an instrument or vocal performance, focusing on developing how you perform both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble.
For those who are aspiring composers there is a pathway that involves writing music in a variety of styles, taking influence from the music you study in the course, as well as your own interests as a song writer.

For aspiring Music Technology students, there are units linked to the Diploma and Extended Diploma courses for you to explore and develop these skills.

The focus of year one will involve equipping students with the skills and confidence to perform at a number of large scale events, through studying of the development of popular music.
During the second year you will have continuous opportunities to showcase your musical talents and select a pathway to enable you to progress to Higher education, Apprenticeships or Employment.
This course is designed to provide opportunities for the use of music technology to support both performance and composition and could lead on to a wide range of further education courses in music and the performing arts, or it could simply be about furthering your interests in this area.


All courses are 100% coursework based, with external verification from Edexcel

Examples of future careers in Music

Composer - Music composers write new scores for individuals, groups and orchestras. They apply knowledge of musical elements such as rhythm, melody and texture to their work. Some composers also write songs and lyrics.

Music performer - Performers in the music industry are musicians. They include singers, classical and popular musicians and backing or support performers who perform in front of a live audience at a show or concert.

Music teacher - Music teachers work in the education and training sector in a variety of roles. They have to be qualified, well-trained and versatile in order to teach in a number of settings.

Agent - Agents in theatre & dance, film and television work to represent performers and individuals. Agents can also supply artists for corporate and private events. Their clients may include actors, singers, dancers or supporting artists.

Backstage crew - Building sets, helping create props and operating equipment, the backstage crew support the designers and performers with the running of the show

Community musician - Community musicians are musicians who work with individuals or groups to make music. They can function as a cross between community development workers and music tutors. Their work may be wholly based around developing musical ability. Community musicians also have a responsibility to achieve social goals through musical activity.


One of the biggest advantages of the Studio School is every department has unlimited access to all of the resources on offer. Each department does, however, specialise in an array of core resources. This enable students to get the most out of the resources closest to their chosen subject.

The Music department’s core resources are:

  • State of the art brand new industry standard recording studio with Pro Tools HDX (11) and a brand new Mac Pro
  • Three fully equipped music classroom spaces
  • Individual Practice rooms
  • Percussion/steel pan room
  • Variety of amps and PA
  • Full range of guitars
  • Full set of Woodwind and Brass Instruments
  • Variety of percussion, tuned and non-tuned, including 6 drum kits

Trips & Enrichment

In Music you will be encouraged to realise that Music is everywhere in society. This will come through performance and composition work, debates and research on the use of Music in society, time spent in the recording studio and performance events you will attend and take part in.

Here’s how we intend to enrich you experience further:

  • Staging large scale events such as Battle of the Bands, which you will, organise and perform in
  • Annual trip to ‘Compose Yourself’ in Manchester, to watch live performances and take part in practical workshops
  • Composition and Performance Workshops at Huddersfield University
  • Working with our business link ‘Ricky’s Rock School’ to develop performance skills, and understand the role of a Freelance Musician
  • Meetings and interviews with engaged Studio School businesses who can support you in your coursework when you need insights into the Music Industry
  • Opportunities to perform locally and nationally as part of a variety of ensembles
  • Training as a sound engineer in our state of the art recording studio

Outstanding Results

  • 100% pass rate achieved by all students.
  • 100% achieving at least Merit grades.

Future Pathways...

Many students who successfully complete the course go on to one of the following pathways:Graphic Design, Illustration or a related subject at University / Advertising / Art Direction / Book Designer / Branding Agency / Crafts / Digital or Film Designer / Direct Marketing / Graphic Designer / Magazine & Newspaper Design / Mobile Marketing / Packaging - Product Design / Spatial Design / TV & Cinema Advertising to name but a few.

Would You Like To Find Out More?

Maybe you have a question about the different range of units you can study? Or maybe you want a bit more info on the resources? Whatever your question, the Tutors are more than happy to answer any that you have. Get in touch and we’ll get back to you with all the answers.

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