Music: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Code F30
Qualification Type National Extended Certificate (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course will provide good preparation if you are planning to enter employment directly in the music sector. The first of three mandatory units you will study is a music performance brief; the second is a music composition brief and the third covers professional practice in the music industry. The optional unit is a solo performance. Throughout the duration of the course you will receive an additional instrumental lesson on voice, guitar, piano, or percussion.


This course comprises four units, three of which are mandatory and two of which are assessed externally.

Unit Unit 1 (M)

Title Practical Music Theory and Harmony

Weighting 25%

Unit Unit 2 (M)

Title Professional Practice in the Music Industry

Weighting 25%

Unit Unit 3 (M)

Title Ensemble Music Performance

Weighting 33%

Unit Unit 4 (O)

Title Composing Music

Weighting 17%

Unit Unit 5 (O)

Title Music Performance Session Styles

Weighting 17%

Unit 6 (O) Title Solo Performance

Weighting 17% 

Unit Unit 7 (O) Title Improvising Music

How will it be delivered?

Assignment set and assessed internally (12.5%)
Assignment set and assessed externally (16.5%%)
Assignment set and assessed externally (12.5%%)
Assignment set

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5+ or BTEC/NCFE at Merit+ in a music related discipline, as well as Grade 4 in GCSE English. Candidates without a Level 2 qualification in a musicrelated discipline will be considered through interview.

Your next steps...

In addition to the music content outlined above, this course develops transferable and higher order skills. For example, performance and communication skills, teamwork, and personal vocal/instrumental technique development are just some of the skills learners need to progress. This course provides excellent progression routes into Higher Education or employment.