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 ensemble performance and students will be required to perform in public on a regular basis throughout the course. Students will perform a variety of genres covering popular music from the 1950s to the modern day. The course also includes training in listening, critical review and composition.

Confidence in some form of musical literacy skills is essential and we recommend that students are comfortable with Music Theory to ABRSM Grade 3 before embarking on the course. Students who have not achieved Grade 3 Theory will be required to attend extra sessions to support their studies. 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
  • Photography
  • Media Studies
  • Film Studies
  • 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 music performance
  • Professional practice in the music industry
  • Practical music theory and harmony
  • Musical style and context through presentation and delivery
  • Music performance session styles

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

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:

Activities Programme

All BTEC Music students are required to attend either the College Choir or Band for the duration of their studies. In addition to the musical activity requirements of the course, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.


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. Acceptance on the course is subject to 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. Ideally students should also have passed an ABRSM Grade 3 (instrument) qualification and should also be able to demonstrate an understanding of Music Theory to ABRSM Grade 3.

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 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

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

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