What this qualification covers:
The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice.
Learners taking this qualification will study three mandatory units:
• Unit 1: Practical Music Theory and Harmony.
• Unit 2: Professional Practice in the Music Industry.
• Unit 3: Ensemble Music Performance.
Students will also choose one optional unit, with areas of study including music composition, solo performance skills and improvisation.
Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.
Students will complete a total of 4 units of work, of which three are mandatory and two are externally assessed.
Students will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade 4-9 including English. This course is aimed at students who have already completed a Music BTEC 2 or equivalent, or have performance experience as an instrumentalist or vocalist. You will need some experience of the performing arts sector and be familiar and confident to perform.
In addition to the music sector-specific content outlined above, this qualification gives learners transferable and higher-order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers, for example performance techniques, communication skills, team working. It also gives them an opportunity to focus on their personal vocal/instrumental technique.
The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if it is taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning, and it combines well with a large number of subjects. It will support entry to higher education courses in a wide range of disciplines, depending on the subjects taken alongside it.