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Qualification Name Level 1 and 2 Award in BTEC Music
Exam Board Pearson Edexcel
Type (e.g. GCSE/BTEC Certificate) BTEC (GCSE level)
Level (1,2 or both) 1 and 2
GLH (Guided Learning Hours) 120
Overview What is it about?

Music is what makes humans, human!  As an industry, music covers and includes a phenomenal amount of different jobs. This BTEC is successful as it appeals to a wide range of interests as some students have a passion in performing, others may prefer to learn how to become a composer/song-writer whereas some will want to focus on using computer software to sequence and mix a track.

The course allows you to engage with the music industry and develop a range of relevant practical and technical skills.  You will explore music product development and events management and apply your knowledge in new and practical industry-related contexts.


Course Content Outline

(What will I study?)

You will study the following mandatory units, covering the fundamental knowledge, skills and understanding required for the music sector:

  • The Music Industry (1 hour written exam)
  • Managing a Music Product

You will build on the knowledge gained in the mandatory units and explore the following two sub-sectors of the music industry:

  • Introduction to Music Composition
  • Introduction to Music Performance
Typical Lesson/Homework Activities

(How will I study?)

You will need to develop musical skills in order to help you produce your composition and performance coursework. Music is considered one of the most employable subjects because of the range of skills covered, including self-management, communication and presentation, which are vital to any future course of study.

Music is both a highly academic and highly creative subject. It is recommended that you take formal instrumental lessons with a qualified teacher on your instrument or voice. You should be passionate about learning an instrument or singing, and open to writing your own music and performing in front of others.

Success Criteria

(How will I be assessed?)

The course has three internally assessed coursework components and one that is externally assessed.  The externally assessed unit is a one hour written exam paper about the music industry.


The BTEC Level 2 Award has the same value as a GCSE. The grading is Distinction*, Distinction, Merit, Pass.  This is equivalent is GCSE grade 8/9 for Distinction*, GCSE grade 7 for Distinction, GCSE grade 5/6 for Merit, GCSE grade 4 for Pass.

Staff Mrs R Hopson, Head of Department for Music

Mr D Robinson, Teacher of Music

Succession Paths Post-16

(What can I do with this qualification?)

A Level Music or BTEC Level 3 in Music Production

The BTEC Tech Award is an introduction to vocational learning. The qualification gives learners the opportunity to build skills that show an aptitude for further learning, both in the sector and more widely. The approach to BTEC Tech Award is based on well-established BTEC assessment approaches that are proven to be successful in building skills and motivating learners to engage fully with challenging study. There is no limit to progression options as the skills acquired are applicable to a range of post-16 study options.

There is a vast spectrum of careers within the music industry but a snapshot includes; performer, composer/songwriter, record producer, manager, music therapist, music journalist/blogger, live sound technician, promoter, concert manager, studio manager, radio presenter, music teacher, instrumental technician etc.

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