Popular Music


This two year vocational course will develop your performing skills as a soloist and as a member of an ensemble. You’ll learn about how to begin your career as a professional musician, the history of Rock & Pop music, and will build on your notation, listening and composition skills. In addition, you’ll  take part in live performances both in and out of college

Level: Vocational (level 3)
Type: Single award

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Session musician, singer, band member, songwriter, music promoter

Music performance, music production, music promotion and music management.

Topics you'll cover

  • Music performance techniques
  • Solo and ensemble performances
  • Working as a professional in the music industry
  • A history of popular music
  • Rehearsing and performing in bands.
  • Music theory and harmony

Assessment and Qualification

  • 100% coursework
  • Exam board: Pearson
  • BTEC Extended Certificate (level three)
  • Equivalent to one A Level.

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade 4 (including English and maths)
  • Music audition - demonstrate a good skill and repertoire on your instrument or vocal performance
  • Good school reference including attendance and behaviour
  • Making a good impression at the college pre-enrolment interview.

Additional information


Every year we run an Industry Week where professionals from the music industry come and run workshops.

We have close links with Solent University and students on this course will take part in mentored rehearsal and recording sessions at the university.

A free half hour per week lesson on your instrument will be provided.


During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs.

 A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.