Overview top

This course is broadly equivalent to 3 GCSE AS Levels and is particularly suitable for those interested in music performance, music technology and the music industry.

The course provides a programme of study manageable in a year so that learners can bank and then build on their achievement, and will give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

You will study a range of subjects such as music performance, producing live sound and recording music, the music industry and music theory. There are also many regular performances during the academic year at South Tyneside College's music venue and at external venues.

Course content:

  • A1: Performing as an Ensemble 
  • A2: Creating Musical Material 
  • A3: Using Musical Styles 
  • C7: Planning a career in the industry. 

We know that having good qualifications alone doesn't always make you stand out.

That's why we're all about going the extra mile with you.

Studying with us means practical, hands-on workshops, group sessions, expert guest speakers, visits to local employers, wellbeing drop-ins, chill out time ... the list goes on. 

As part of the course, you will also take part in an external work placement to help you develop your confidence and skills to stand out from the crowd. 

Entry Requirements top

Minimum of 5 GCSE grades A* -C (9-4)or above plus either grade four instrument or voice, or a successful audition.

Assessment top

Units are assessed throughout the course and both internally and externally moderated.

Professional Opportunities top

You can progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music.

You will gain industry experience by performing in numerous shows both internally in our performance venue as well as externally at music venues around the borough. 

Each year there are workshops and masterclasses with professional musicians from the industry. Recently we have had Steve White (Paul Weller, The Who and Oasis), John Waugh (The 1975) and Yolanda Charles (Mick Jagger, Robbie Williams, and Nicole Scherzinger) into the department to chat and play for the students.

Further Information top