Music Performance BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

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


The UK music industry helps drive economic growth by creating jobs and opportunities for young people. The Music Industry contributed £5.2 billion to the UK economy from the latest published figures. That was a 5% increase on the year previous. The income generated from Music Tourism (people coming to the country for music) was £4.5 billion which had risen 12 % on the year previous. There are nearly 300,000 people employed in the music sector, an almost 40% rise in the last 7 years.
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post-16 students wanting to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the music sector or in the creative sectors as a whole. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A level and provides a coherent course of study covering both the music industry and performance. It is designed to be taken alongside other level 3 qualifications.  


Skills gained will provide a broad introduction to the Music Sector with a focus on musical performance, musical skills development and professional practice. You will learn technical and practical skills. 

Students are encouraged to participate in as many extra-curricular opportunities to gain a wider experience of styles and working with others whether this is in ensembles or through trips and visits. Work experience is a valuable part of learning and gives learners the chance to experience real working conditions. The school has contacts in and around the local area with musicians and music studios as well as in further education and can help to provide experiences for learners. 

How will it be delivered?

The assessment approach of the BTEC Nationals allows learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they provide evidence towards the assessment and grading criteria. Units covered will be:

Ensemble Music Performance - Working as part of an ensemble (group) to create and understand different performance techniques  

Professional Practice in the Music Industry - Looking at the professional practices in the music industry.  

Practical Music Theory and Harmony – gaining an understanding of how Music is put together.   

An additional Unit will be undertaken to support progression to more specialist music courses and to link with relevant occupational areas such as: Composition, Improvisation and Performance. 

Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4/A-C, including Music GCSE Grade 4 or Btec Merit, Maths, English (Minimum Grade 4). An enthusiasm to perform in public is essential. Experience of performing will be a benefit. 


Your next steps...

This Btec qualification attracts Ucas points and could lead to Higher Education opportunities.

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.