Oldham Sixth Form College


Music Performance (Blended)

Music Performance (Blended)

  •  Assessment
  • Year 1 & 2
     100% coursework (60% externally assessed).
  • Exam board
    Pearson (BTEC - Single Diploma)
  • Specific entry requirements
    Students need to be playing an instrument, or singing, on a current and regular basis.


What Will You Learn?

This course prepares you for employment in the music industry in a multitude of roles. You will have a balanced focus on a range of disciplines including your own performance and composition skills, understanding the foundations of musical theory and harmony and its use in a variety of media, and the professional expectations and requirements of working in the industry. You will also develop a variety of vocational skills such as teamwork, leadership, organisation and management, which are essential aspects of your preparation for success in your future career.



Year 1

  • Solo Performance:

Being able to perform in front of an audience is one of the most exciting experiences for a musician, and whether open mics, headlines shows, or recitals and chamber concerts, They have the potential to captivate and inspire an audience. This unit will explore and practise the specific skills in performing as a soloist, such as effective musical practice and rehearsal, stagecraft, how to engage your audience, and the art of creative reflection you’ll need to keep improving.

  • Ensemble Music Performance:

Musicians rarely work in isolation and the ability to perform as part of an ensemble is an essential skill for any musician, regardless of style. In this unit,you will become part of a musical group and will develop your ensemble skills by taking part in rehearsals and performances of a range of set pieces. You will also reflect on your use of different techniques, stylistic and musical elements in your performance.

Year 2:

  • Professional Practice in the Music Industry:

Behind the bright lights, costumes, gigs, sessions and festivals, the music industry is run by people who are extremely professional in their behaviour. In this unit, you will explore what is meant by the term ‘professional practice’, and develop a range of skills and abilities that are vital in the industry, including how to maintain your reputation, interpersonal skills and teamwork, financial management, in order to become successful working in the music industry. 

  • Practical Music Theory & Harmony:

Music theory and harmony is about how all forms of music works and how it is constructed. This unit will develop your knowledge and understanding of fundamental musical theory and how it’s applied in practical musical activities. You will learn how scales are constructed, the use of chords and progressions to compose melodies, and how to understand the signs and symbols for the notation of pitch, tempo, and expression. You will apply your knowledge and creativity to produce a composition or arrangement alongside musical notation, which will enable it to be accurately and effectively performed. 

Special Features

  • You will have the opportunity to take part in the College's annual musical production.
  • You may perform in concerts and more informal performances.
  • You will have the chance to listen to guest speakers and join in with bespoke workshops.

Where Will This Lead?

Our students have gone on to careers in performance, composing and a range of other positions in the music industry, from directing to management.