BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music Performance (Jazz)

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Exam Board: Edexcel

2 years

Equivalent to: 1 A Level

Course Content:

Alton College is well known for Jazz and has been very successful in producing musicians who have gone on to study at various Music Conservatoires across the country and forge successful careers in performing. The BTEC Jazz course will give you an excellent insight into all aspects of Jazz from performing to composing and improvising.

This course can be studied for one year leading to the equivalent of an AS qualification, or two years for the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma which is equivalent to an A level.  In the first year you will study:

  • Music Performance Techniques
  • Music Project
  • Improvising Music in a Jazz Style

In the second year you will extend your skills and understanding through studying:

  • Working and Developing as a Music Ensemble
  • Special Subject Investigation
  • Composition


100% coursework

Studying at Alton College:

On the BTEC Jazz course you will have lessons in performing and rehearsing and Jazz theory. You will have the opportunity to organize your own ‘gigs’ in the surrounding areas and will also perform at different festivals around the South of England. You will be able to take part in workshops given from professional jazz musicians who visit us each year.

We are an official “Education Partner” to Leeds College of Music, you will have workshops and a guaranteed audition at LCM.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework.

Grade IV on main instrument (voice included) is recommended.

Course costs:

There may be additional costs for promoting Live Events that you will be taking part in.

BTEC Jazz works well with:

Music Technology