BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Music (Performing)


This course is suitable for all instrumentalists or vocalists who have some proficiency and a passion to develop as a performer. The course broadens experience and skills in solo and ensemble performing and will also include workshop sessions on improvisation and other techniques associated with live performance. There may be some specialist workshops for first study vocalists. Any musical style is suitable to perform, and the course includes training in listening and critical review. Confidence in some form of musical literacy skills is helpful although not essential. Students should be creative and willing to be involved with the musical activities of the Department.

Take a look at some students' recent performances in the Performing Arts photo gallery.

What goes well with this course?

This course will combine with almost any other subject. In the past students have also studied:

  • Music Technology
  • English
  • Psychology
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Performing Arts
  • Drama & Theatre Studies
  • Photography
  • Media
  • Film 
  • Business 


This course is for any instrumentalist or singer who wishes to develop their performing skills to a high level, perhaps with a view to a career in the music industry. The qualification is now widely recognised by Higher Education establishments offering degree, diploma and professional training programmes.

Course Content

This course covers:

  • Solo performance practice
  • Ensemble work
  • Listening skills
  • Vocal techniques
  • Improvisation and arranging
  • Musical style and context through presentation and delivery
  • Music promotion, distribution and the working life of the professional performer

Students will have the opportunity to develop their key skills in general, as well as sharing their enthusiasm and interests with other specialist musicians.

Take a look at some students' recent performances in the Performing Arts photo gallery.

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Music (Performing) students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • Trips to London concert halls and studios
  • A day recording demos at a Miloco Studio
  • Playing a gig at the renowned venue ‘The Roundhouse’
  • A chance to perform in the College's Winter and Spring Concerts and the College's annual Battle of the Bands as well as regular lunchtime recitals
  • A chance to perform at the College's annual Leavers' Festival
  • the opportunity to take part in Reigate’s New Music Fest – both behind the scenes and on the stage

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


The course is assessed via external assessment and coursework: portfolios, journals, audio and video evidence, presentations, accounts and evaluations. 

The exam board for this BTEC is Pearson BTEC.


Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 programme. Applicants will be invited to attend an audition and interview with the Music staff.  This will be an opportunity for students to present some of their performances and learn about how the course will develop their potential.

Students will do well on the course if they are:

  • Creative
  • Confident
  • Natural performers – perhaps already in a band
  • Fascinated by the workings of the music world in general
  • Self-motivated
  • Team players
  • Keen to develop their instrumental or vocal skills to a high level

Students should be enthusiastic performers, creative improvisers, active listeners, possess good personal organisation skills and have high levels of commitment.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Music (Performing) information leaflet.

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