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Overview - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music


If you live and breathe music, this is the ideal course for you. Broadening your understanding of a wide range of performance styles, composition, recording and live sound, you will gain an insight into the range of career paths available, and enjoy opportunities to gain real experience by working with industry professionals.

What will I be doing? 

You will learn to compose and arrange music involving a range of instruments (including voice), and be encouraged to develop your own style of performance. You will also gain practical experience of new styles of performance alongside those areas which interest you most, ranging from composing, song writing, music theory and modern music practice. Our project-based learning approach enables you to develop your music skills through workshops, assignments and projects while working alongside students of other disciplines to put on a series of performances (across a range of styles) during the teaching year.

In addition, you will benefit from the support and guidance of our creative and performing arts industry-experienced teaching staff, contact with external industry professionals through masterclasses, workshops and visits, a minimum of one week’s work experience each year, opportunities to work with the wider creative and performing arts community within Liverpool and beyond, and, of course, access to our new facilities.

What will I leave with? 

Successful completion of this two-year course will earn you the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music (Performance). Equivalent to three A-Levels, this nationally-recognised qualification is suitable for progression onto Higher Education. You will also leave with enhanced interpersonal, critical and decision-making abilities, which will serve you well in future life.

What could I do next?

You will be equipped to apply for Higher Education or to seek employment in the music industry. Related career paths might include performing as a solo artist, within a group or as a session , composing/ song writing or production.

How do I apply? 

You must complete an application form for September 2017 entry and submit it to us as soon as possible. We will then call you for an audition, interview and workshop at some point in February or March 2017 -  you will be given at least four weeks’ notice and full guidance as to how to prepare. Offers of places (conditional on achieving a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C) will be sent out by 10 April 2017.

If you still have questions, contact the LIPA Sixth Form College Administrator on 0151 330 3232 or email


At present, course information is still subject to confirmation, and while every effort has been made to ensure it is accurate, the information on this website does not form any contract between LIPA Sixth Form College and any individual. In addition, LIPA Sixth Form College reserves the right to make changes and cannot accept liability arising out of, or in connection with, any such revision.