The Business and Technology Diploma in Music is a full-time course of study lasting approximately 20-24 months. Classes are taught during the regular school terms on Mondays to Fridays between 8:00am and 4:00pm. Occasionally there will be extra activities or assessments during weekends or weekday evenings, necessitated by the course content.
The course is assessed continuously through practical assignments and project work. It is not an exam-based course, and there is not a final examination at the end. Learners attending the course will be expected to adhere strictly to deadlines for submission of project work and assignments. These deadlines will fall regularly throughout the course. The course is accredited by Edexcel International, the largest accrediting body for vocational courses in the UK, based in London. Edexcel standards for teaching, learning and resource provision are rigorously high, and Edexcel visits the school on a regular basis to ensure such standards are consistently adhered to.
The Business and Technology Diploma in Music consists of 18 units of study.
Through the 18 units, the following main subject areas are covered:
Please note that this is NOT a course simply to learn how to play a musical instrument; the curriculum is far wider than that and performance is included as a component. Ample opportunities exist locally in private music schools for those who wish only to take lessons on a particular instrument or in music theory.
Anyone who has already completed a KCSE, GCSE or IGCSE / O Level in Music
Anyone with experience in using computers, together with strong evidence of significant practical musical experience, eg ABRSM practical grade exam certificate, or a letter of reference from a school music teacher or church music leader stating musical activity.
Applicants must have reached their 16th birthday. There is no specific upper age limit, but each application will be considered on individual merit regarding suitability for entry to the course. Older applicants will need to adhere to school environment expectations regarding behaviour and dress code.
Please apply using the standard school application form together with the Special Application Form for Business and Technology Diploma in Music. Shortlisted applicants will be called for an interview and audition. Interviews/auditions will take place on a date to be confirmed. Successful applicants will then be called to enrol on the course.
Applicants called to audition will be expected to demonstrate their musical ability by giving a short performance on their principal instrument or voice. A piano and drum kit will be available at the audition venue, but any applicant wishing to audition on a portable instrument (eg guitar, bass, saxophone, violin, etc will be expected to bring it with them). Applicants wishing to audition on voice may bring an accompanist if they wish.
Musical instruments to be used for performance units during the course are the responsibility of learners. The principal instrument chosen for study must be provided and maintained in good condition by the student, with the exception of large non-portable instruments such as piano or drum kit. Certain instruments are available for hire from the school at a set fee per term; others may be obtained through local music shops through rental or hire/purchase.Progression Routes After the Diploma
Tuition Fees for the course are listed on the BTEC fees schedule (click here to download), and may be paid in termly instalments throughout the course. In addition to tuition fees, the following are also payable:
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