Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Music

Music at HSFC

RSL Vocational Qualification

Hartlepool Sixth Form College is an RSL vocational delivery centre:

At RSL we’re committed to providing the most practical, flexible and industry relevant vocational qualifications

We believe that musicians, performers and aspiring entrepreneurs thrive when they’re given the flexibility and choice to structure their learning to their strengths. That’s why our qualifications are developed to educate, inspire and motivate your learners through a unique provision of tailored assessment, combining unrivalled industry relevance and academic credibility.

For more information please contact us online or via telephone on 01429 294444. To learn more about the RSL Vocational Qualification please visit the RSL website.

BTEC Music Performance

Course Content

This exciting course develops your understanding of the broad subject of music. You will explore music performance, composition, music theory and harmony, live sound, the music industry, improvisation and music technology, and take part in a number of public performances.

You will complete a range of units including:

  • Music Performance
  • Techniques
  • Rehearsal Skills and Live Performance
  • Music Video Production
  • Music Instrument Development
  • Planning for a Career in Music
  • Composing Collaboration & Recorded Performance
  • Understanding Musical Styles Music Performance To Camera
  • Improving Instrumental Performance

Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. You will have written and practical assignments to complete. Most of your units will culminate in an assessed public performance. There are up to 2 externally marked Core Units.

Progression

If you decide to go to university or college you could take a degree or a RSL Level 4 and 5 course in subjects such as:

  • Music
  • Popular Music
  • Music Technology
  • Music Management

Some students choose to go into employment and work in the following areas:

  • Performance
  • Music Production
  • Music Business
  • Popular Music
  • Music Technology
  • Music Management

Some students choose to go into employment and work in the following areas:

  • Performance
  • Music Production
  • Music Business

BTEC Music Technology

Course Content

This exciting course develops your skills in music production and audio engineering. You will explore midi sequencing, sound effects and music for the moving image, the recording of many instruments in a studio, how music can be marketed and sold to the masses and how to mix live music at performances.

You will complete a range of units including:

  • Digital Recording and Production
  • Music Sequencing and Production
  • Selling recorded Music
  • Composing for Adverts and TV
  • Planning for a Career in Music
  • Live Sound Recording and Sound Reinforcement

Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. You will have written and practical assignments to complete. Most of your units will culminate in musical products such as CD’s and streamed audio. There are up to two externally assessed Core Units.

Progression

If you decide to go to university or college you could take a degree or a RSL Level 4 and 5 course in subjects such as:

  • Music
  • Popular Music
  • Music Technology
  • Music Management

Some students decide to go into employment and work in some of the following areas:

  • Performance
  • Music Production
  • Music Business
  • Performance
  • Music Production
  • Music Business

In addition, we offer academic support workshops each week, and many of our students take part in these. These sessions will focus on aspects of your learning to help you to achieve the top grades in this subject, whilst also giving you opportunities to develop essential employability skills to support your progression at the next level.

At the start of the course, you will be set short, frequent homework tasks, similar to the kind of assignments you were set at GCSE. As time goes on, we expect you to take more responsibility for your own learning, and cope with less frequent, but longer pieces of work. We will expect you to complete focused assignments; make structured notes on specific topics; research an area for yourself; produce leaflets or posters about a particular issue; or work through self-study material.

We also expect you to review your work at regular intervals.

Extra curricular activities

As part of your course you will be given the opportunity to attend trips and visits that will allow you to extend your understanding beyond the classroom. We also offer instrument lessons, song writing workshops and studio time. Whatever you may be thinking about doing in the future, we believe that Music Technology is an exciting area to study. If you feel that you would like to take this subject as part of your study programme, we look forward to meeting you in September.

BTEC Cert in Music Technology 2016 results – 100% Pass Rate and 100% High Grades

BTEC Diploma in Music Technology 2016 results – 100% Pass Rate and 83% High Grades