Music

Course: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (Equivalent to three A-Levels).

Length: Full-time, two year.


We firmly believe that this is THE music course for anyone who wants to work in the Music Industry. We have crafted a two year course which aims to create rounded professionals, one in which our trainees are stretched in all aspects of music performance, composition, engineering and production, and industry practice. Through our unique relationship with the industry, we embed industry visits, trips and briefs in our units so that learning is meaningful and relevant to the changing landscape.

In the first year, trainees will develop their performance skills by performing at 4 events,  3 of which are at high profile London venues. Trainees will learn how to operate our two industry standard recording studios, produce professional instrumentals using Logic Pro X and compose a portfolio of original songs. We believe that keyboard and music theory skills are fundamental for any practicing music professional and  all trainees undergo one year programmes in each of these disciplines.

We pride ourselves on pushing learning beyond the BTEC specification and the constraints of the classroom; in the second year, trainees are tasked with setting up their own record label, signing and marketing their chosen artist, creating distribution channels with the aim to provide exposure for their artist whilst simultaneously learning how money can be made! Trainees also organise their own live music events for which they plan and implement every stage of the process; from sourcing bands and a London venue, through to managing the event on the night. In addition to these two projects, trainees  develop their musical ear, create musical and non-musical soundtracks for film productions and explore the role of music in a developing society.  It is through the practical application of these vocational skills that the trainees develop the experience and knowledge to thrive in real world settings.

We strongly believe that it is essential to develop  core communication skills.. This sentiment is echoed by our various industry partners  who highly value the ability to communicate professionally. All of our learners will complete assignments resulting in essays, reports, presentations and debates, stretching and developing  key oral and written skills.

Where Next?

After studying Music at ELAM,  our trainees are well equipped to progress on to University or Music College, furthering their studies in areas such as music performance, music production, composition, engineering, music business, artist management and events management. Other Trainees might pursue apprenticeships or internships utilising the contacts they have been able to make during their time here.  It is also possible to progress straight into the world of work, either as an artist or musician having secured a publishing or recording deal, or in one of any number of roles working for a record label or associated creative industry.