BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music Performance (Rock & Pop)

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Exam Board: Edexcel

2 years

Equivalent to: 1 A Level

Course Content:

BTEC Rock and Pop is a popular course for students who enjoy playing in bands or as solo artists and want to extend their experience of performing and organising live events. You will be able to form bands and play different styles and genres during the course.

This course can be studied in addition to your main programme of study or as one of your 3 A levels/BTEC courses.  It can be taken for one year leading to the equivalent of an AS qualification and you will study:

  • Music Performance Technique
  • Music Project
  • Pop Music in Practice

When studied for 2 years you will gain a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma which is equivalent to an A level.  In the second year you will extend your skills and understanding through studying:

  • Live Music Workshop
  • Special Subject Investigation or Live Sound Techniques
  • Working and Developing as a Music Ensemble


100% coursework

Studying at Alton College:

As part of this course you will have opportunities to perform at different venues in the local area and will have a good insight of the process of putting on live events. You will have rehearsals with bands different bands and will perform as part of a workshop lesson every week. 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 Rock and Pop works well with:

Music Technology