MusicA Level • Level 3
About the course
This course is ideal for those who are interested in exploring their musicality, music performance skills and creating original material, as well as studying existing music and also performance techniques. This course provides education and training for those wishing to progress to further study or work in the music and music technology industries and comprises of 3 main areas: 1)Performance - You will be able to deliver performances in a wide range of situations; in the studio, as a solo performer, as part of a group or in a live venue, often under great pressure. To be able to work in this environment musicians rely upon the foundation of polished technique, timing, tone and control. Coupled with this, they have to develop an adaptive, professional approach to continuous improvement of their musical and vocal skills. 2)Composition - You will explore composition in its broadest sense. All composers deal with the same fundamental building blocks regardless of style or genre – generating musical ideas, exploring and developing those ideas, formalising those ideas into complete pieces and presenting the finished product in an appropriate format whether that be a printed form or a recording. You will use a range of techniques at each stage in the compositional process. Working within a range of styles, genres and instrumental resources (both acoustic and electronic). The focus is on experimentation and the practical exploration of compositional possibilities. 3)Music theory - This involves listening to many different types of music and learning how to describe individual parts and the effects created by themcombination of these parts. You will develop the skills needed to analyse a piece of music, recognising the different elements involved and the different textures created by a variety of types of instrumentation. You will listen to many different kinds of music during the study of this unit.
Type of LearningSchool Leaver
Study ModeFull Time
Location ByBurnley College
31/08/2021, 31/08/2021, 31/08/2021
At least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above in a good range of subjects, including both English and Mathematics. Additional entry requirements for this course are: Grade 5 in your instrument or vocal and be working towards a grade 5 in Music Theory, or a grade 5 in a practical exam (or any instrument/ voice). Grade 5 or above in GCSE Music and GCSE Mathematics would also be desirable.
Assessment is 100% coursework via a range of assessments including - live performance, written research/evaluation and the creation of original creative work.
Careers & Progression
The broad nature of the course enables progression to a wide range of music based University level courses and work based opportunities in live music venues, recording studios, music shops and various music industry and live performance roles.
Extra curricular activities
Past volunteering opportunities have included students working at The Grand in Clitheroe. Burnley College also has multiple gig and performance opportunities throughout the year. The College regularly hosts guest lecturers from industry professionals and organise trips to local recording studios and venues.