• Code: MK (Year One); ML (Year Two)
  • Certification: BTEC Higher National Diploma in Music (BTEC Higher National Certificate after year Level 6+ equivalence on the QCF
  • Duration: One or Two Years (option of second year to achieve a Higher National Diploma)


The BTEC in Music Performance is an exciting course which will develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and performance techniques as a musician for successful employment in the music industry or progression to further study. Both theoretical and practical musicianship skills are covered, combined with performance opportunities, event management, music technology and recording. In addition, students will get a broad insight into the music business from lecturers who are experienced musicians and industry practitioners. If you want the foundations for launching your solo career, this is the course for you.

Programme of Study

HNC – Year 1:

  • The Music Industry
  • Marketing & Promotion for Musicians
  • Professional Development
  • Applied Music Theory
  • Performance
  • Instrumental Technique
  • Songwriting Techniques
  • Composing Using Technology

HND – Year 2:

  • Critical Music Listening
  • Marketing the Creative Arts
  • Music Composition Techniques
  • Music Performance Skills
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Preparation, Process and Production
  • Public Performance Technology
  • Studio Recording and Engineering

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate with some higher papers. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Ability to read music notation an advantage
  • Performing ability on guitar, violin, piano/ keyboard or singing
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview and audition. Students should come prepared to play or sing 2 contrasting pieces with or without accompaniment. Video evidence will also be accepted in addition to the above. Ear tests will be given.

Career Opportunities
  • Live Events 
  • Promotion 
  • Community Arts 
  • Music Business 
  • Music Performance 
  • Cultural Venue Operations
  • Music Therapy
Higher Education Progression*

It is possible to progress to a degree course at one of the following (places not guaranteed)

BIMM Dublin certified by DIT

  • BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music


  • Creative Music Performance - (3rd Year)

DIT - Dublin Institute of Technology 

  • Bachelor of Music (BMus)
  • Bachelor of Music Education (BMusEd)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Creative and Cultural Industries – delivered by the College of Arts & Tourism 

RIAM - Royal Irish Academy of Music 

  • Bachelor in Music Performance 

Cork School of Music

  • Bachelor of Music (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music: Electric Guitar 
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music: Keyboards 
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music: Voice 

Dundalk Institute of Technology 

  • BA (Hons) in Applied Music 

Maynooth University 

  • Bachelor of Music 

Plus numerous colleges in the UK offering degrees in rock, popular music and classical. You could even go to Nottingham Trent University and acquire a degree in Heavy Metal Music Performance 

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Co-Ordinator

Philip Dobie

Where are they now?

Ben Downes – Music Performance

"I am currently attending the Music Performance course at BIFE which so far has been a great experience for me. Along with the recording facilities in BIFE and live performance with fellow classmates, there are also lots of opportunities to improve and have fun. Having played music for a long time but never studying music theory, the subjects covered in the first year are perfect to fill in the gaps."

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