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Music at Andover College

Music Performance – BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma/ National Extended Diploma


Level 3



Type of study

School Leavers




1 - 2 Years

This full time Music Performance course is for students who want to live and breathe music every day. Including everything you would learn on the Certificate and Subsidiary Diploma, there is an extra emphasis on performing, song writing and the music industry from a business perspective. Musicians on the full time course are required to perform more frequently and often go on to form bands and projects outside of college. If it is your dream to one-day work in the music industry, then the full time music BTEC should be your first step. The course is led by experienced music lecturers, that are both working at the highest levels within the music industry. 

Five GCSEs at grade 9–4 and an audition. Some prior knowledge of music theory is an advantage. 


Our Music Academy stands in its own grounds, creating an exclusive learning space, including a new high spec music technology room just for music students. The recording studio enables you to make your own tracks on professional equipment. 

In Year 1 you will achieve a Foundation Diploma (equivalent to one and a half A Levels).  In Year 2 you will gain an Extended Diploma in Music (equivalent to three A Levels).  


Music performance techniques 

Music theory and harmony 

Contemporary song writing techniques 

Composing music 

Singing techniques and performance 

Aural perception skills 

Improvising music 

Live music workshop 

Working and developing as a musical ensemble 

Classical or pop music in practice 

Music performance session styles 

Marketing and promoting in the music industry 

Studying music from around the world 


Coursework and final assessment. 


Foundation or Honours degrees in music or related subjects. Employment within the music industry in publishing and song writing, artist management or as a performer. 


Throughout the year you will perform in organised gigs and shows. All of these performances will be assessed as part of the course. Trips include visits to higher education institutions to experience Level 4/5 work. 


To help with your studies we have a multimedia suite featuring a variety of music/media-related software packages and a professional theatre for drama and music productions. There are also opportunities to collaborate with local music venues when planning and organising events.