Level 3 Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts (MUSIC)


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With a track record built over 30 years of learner success, BTEC Nationals are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification at Level 3.

The BTEC Extended Certificate is the equivalent to 1 A Level. The programme gives a broad overview of the music sector, with a focus on performance, including musical skills development and professional practice.


Unit 1: Practical Music Theory and Harmony 

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of fundamental musical theory and how it's applied in practical musical activities.

Unit 2: Professional Practice in the Music Industry

Students will consider the importance of professional practice in the music industry and develop the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding needed to complete your own budget plan. 

Unit 3: Ensemble Music Performance

Students will become part of a musical group and will develop their ensemble skills. Students will then learn, rehearse and perform a choice of three set songs, performed to an audience. 



Learners choose one optional unit. These have been designed to support progression to more specialist music courses in higher education including composing music and solo performance.


BTECs focus on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to suceed in employment and higher education. BTEC Nationals are accepted by over 150 UK universities and higher education institutes for relevant degree programmes either on their own or in combination with A Levels.


On completion of this course, many students choose to progress onto a wide range of specialist music performance and recording courses that are available throughout the UK. Students may also go on to study acoustics, computing and media courses and pursue careers in music performance and promotion, composing for digital media, song writing, audio production, music video production, sound design, music industry management and music publishing.


  • Organisation and time management skills through consistently working to deadlines 
  • Professional working practice, including personal development as a musician and compositional work
  • Extensive live performance experience both as a solo musician and as part of an ensemble
  • Recording studio experience
  • Self-evaluative and reflective skills
  • A working knowledge of a wide range of music genres
  • Numeracy & literacy skills
  • Confident computer skills