BTEC Extended Certificate in Music Performance

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

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

Overview

This qualification is intended for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education or employment in the music sector or other creative industries. It is designed to inspire students who have a love of performing music and have an interest in the workings of the music industry.

It is the equivalent of one A Level and aims to provide a coherent course of study covering both musical performance, music theory and the different roles and processes of the music industry. It provides a comprehensive grounding in the practical music theory underpinning the music profession, session musicians, arrangers and performers.

The course is suitable for both instrumentalists and vocalists and allows opportunity to develop their technique and performance skills.  It will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will prepare you for further study or training.  You will become part of a musical group and develop your ensemble skills by taking part in rehearsals culminating in a performance in front of an audience.  

Details

Year 12: 

  • Unit 1: Practical Music Theory and Harmony (Internally Assessed)
  • Unit 2: Professional Practice in the Music Industry (Externally Assessed).

Year 13:

  • Unit 3: Ensemble Music Performance (Externally Assessed)
  • Unit 6: Solo Performance (Internally Assessed)

You will be expected to take part in regular concerts, showcases and other school events. 

How will it be delivered?

Year 12:

  • Unit 1: Practical Music Theory and Harmony (Internally Assessed) 
  • Unit 2: Professional Practice in the Music Industry (Externally Assessed).

Year 13:

  •  Unit 3: Ensemble Music Performance (Externally Assessed) 
  • Unit 6: Solo Performance (Internally Assessed)

Students study four units, two in each year. Two are externally assessed through examination and two are internally assessed through coursework tasks, portfolios and video evidence.  

In addition to guided learning with teachers, students will also undertake private study, preparation for assessment, independent research and instrumental/vocal practice which may be filmed or recorded to provide portfolio evidence of progress.


Entry requirements

Minimum of five 9-4 grades in GCSE examinations including English and Maths.  A grade 4+ in GCSE Music is desirable but not essential.   You should have a good level of musicianship on an instrument/voice. 

Your next steps...

See Careers Leader for more information.

Future courses & possible careers:

  • Undergraduate degree or diploma in Music at University or Music College  
  • Performer 
  • Session Musician 
  • Music Producer 
  • Music Publisher
  • Sound Engineer
  • Music Journalist