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Prepare for a career in music or progress to university with BCE’s Level 1-3 Music Performance courses

BCE’s Music Performance course enables you to develop your writing and performance skills with experienced industry professionals, building on your own personal and social identity as a successful recording artist/musician, whilst focusing on writing, composing and arranging songs for recording and performing.

You will consider and question the social and cultural contexts of music performance, understanding recording contracts and generating revenue. You will also be introduced to music and performance in a professional setting, learning the skills required to create great music and launch your career.

Our Music Performance courses will secure you the necessary UCAS points to progress to University and study at a number of prestigious institutions

Growth in music recording and streaming, live events
Music industry is worth £5.8bn

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Level 3 Music Performance

Level 3 Music Performance Duration: 1-2 Years

This two-year course focuses on writing, composing and arranging songs for recording and performing. You will be introduced to music and performance skills, understanding the skills required to create good music.

  • Solo music performance
  • Music performance techniques
  • Sound and music industry
  • Working and developing as a musical ensemble
  • The music freelance world
  • World music and marketing
  • Music project AR
  • Sequencing systems and techniques
  • Plan and stage events that you will manage as part of a team
Qualification: UAL Extended Diploma in Music Production and Performance
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Entry Requirements Level 3: 5 GCSEs at grade 4-9 including English (or equivalent)
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Level 2 Music Performance

Level 2 Music Performance Duration: 1 Year

This course is for people with a huge passion for performing, writing and composing music. It is for students who are looking to make a living out of their artistry and who want to learn the skills and know-how to become freelancers within the music industry. You will learn techniques in how to write, compose and structure industry standard songs, as well as how to record professional material, leading to an EP with the support of an engineer. You will learn how to stand out and engage an audience as a performer, and how to select songs appropriately for events, leading to a performance of at least 15 minutes. Further skills and knowledge include:

  • Create case studies on your favourite artists, and learn how to research their careers
  • Music videos
  • Podcasts
  • Performance techniques
  • Lyric writing
Qualification: RSL Level 2 Diploma in the Creative Music Industry
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Entry Requirements Level 2: 3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English (or equivalent)

Level 1 Music Performance

Level 1 Music Performance Duration: 1 Year

This Level 1 diploma will provide an introduction to music performance. This course is designed for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career as a confident, well-rounded and self- sufficient performer in the music industry. This introductory course will equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to progress to further education or employment within the creative industries. You will explore:

  • Introduction to music, performing and production arts
  • Introduction to research for music, performing and production arts
  • Communicating with an audience for music and performing arts
  • Production development for music and performing arts
  • Performance development for music and performing arts
  • Music, performing and production arts project (final project)
Qualification: UAL Level 1 Award and Diploma in Music, Performing and Production Arts
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Entry Requirements Level 1: 0-2 GCSEs at any grade
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All of our courses are free for 16-18 year olds and 19-23 if the funding criteria is met. To discuss this further, email:

“I was a student at BCE, and it was very exciting and interesting. I learned so much about the music industry and also the importance of having a social media presence. Being in a musical environment meant I was surrounded by creativity, which really helped to develop me as an artist. I have taken a lot of a lot of what I have learnt on my journey and I have found all I was taught to be very useful. BCE helped me mould into the artist I am and inspired me to reach for greatness.”

YasminFormer BCE Student

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Proven success Many of our students progress into careers in London’s exciting creative economy or go on to study at top universities


Vocational success rate for Academy learners


of BCE Level 3 learners progress to University


of BCE apprentices progress into careers in London’s creative economy

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Ofsted Report

Big Creative Training Limited (BCT) is an independent training provider based in Walthamstow. BCT opened in 2000 and offers creative industries programmes for 16 to 19, apprenticeships, adult courses and alternative provision. BCT is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in all areas.

Big Creative Academy (BCA) is a 16 to 19 academy based in Walthamstow. The academy opened in September 2014 and offers study programmes for students aged 16 to 19 in subjects to prepare them primarily for further study or employment in the creative industries. BCA is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Teachers have very good subject knowledge and industrial experience, as well as strong commercial links with practitioners and employers; they use these effectively to help inspire students and provide a strongly vocational context to their development.

All staff work closely with students to help them overcome any barriers to learning, to assure their health and welfare, to maintain good behaviour and a positive work ethic; as a result, students feel safe and are able to achieve their potential.

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