Weymouth College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

Music (Session Musician)

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Course summary

The BTEC Higher National in Music is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of music and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in music. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the music industry, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Music give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training. Holders of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. They will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making. The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant Music-related courses.


Year 1 - Mandatory Core Units: The Music Industry; Marketing and Promotion for Musicians (Pearson-set); Professional Development Specialist Units: The Evolution of the Instrument; Applied Music Theory; Performance; Instrumental Technique Option Unit: Fundamentals of Composition Year 2 - Mandatory Core Unit: Creative Research Project (Pearson-set) (30 credits) Specialist Units: Musical Direction in Practice; Advanced Performance Skills; Live Arrangement Skills Option Units: Advanced Music Event Management; Composing to a Brief; Notation and Transcriptions.

Assessment method

The course is predominantly assessed through the completion of assignment projects. Much of the study will require work outside of formal classes, so self-motivation and good time management skills are essential. As a guideline you are advised that a 15-credit unit approximates to a learning time of 150 hours. Two core units: one 15 credit (Level 4) and one 30 credit unit (Level 5) will be assessed by a mandatory Pearson-set assignment.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

International applicants will be required to have an IELTS score of 6 achieved within the last two years to apply for this course. International students will be charged an additional £250 admin fee on top of the tuition fee.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £5750 Year 1
International £5750 Year 1
England £5750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5750 Year 1
Scotland £5750 Year 1
Wales £5750 Year 1
Channel Islands £5750 Year 1

Additional fee information

International students will be charged an additional £250 admin fee on top of the tuition fee.
Music (Session Musician) at Weymouth College - UCAS