Music surrounds and permeates our lives in so many ways. BTEC Music is aimed at people who enjoy music and performing live. Although traditionally BTEC Music has focused on contemporary music, our course provides all students with a grounding in musical styles across a wide range of periods and genres. The course is vocational and therefore relevant to today’s growing music industry. The two year course is equivalent to one A Level.
Music is an excellent subject to study alongside other arts subjects. It is also a subject chosen to complement predominantly science or ‘paper-based’ subjects. Some students may use the course as a creative outlet alongside their other A Level subjects. It develops personal skills such as team work, self-motivation and independent learning, as well as fostering a broad, eclectic appreciation of music. This makes it an excellent subject when applying to university and people with BTEC Music have gone on to degrees in Music, Performing Arts, Arts Administration, Sound Engineering, Music Management, Law, Education, TV and Radio, Journalism, Retail and Music Therapy.
Numbers of students opting for this vocational-based course have increased rapidly, reflecting the good teaching, access to resources and opportunities to work with professional musicians as part of the course. We co-teach some lessons which enable students to form different types and sizes of ensembles and work with other experienced performers.
The course on offer is BTEC Certificate and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music.
Year One: Certificate (AS equivalent)
Minimum of 3 units which consist of a core unit plus two optional units. The optional units are selected to suit the group’s strengths.
Year Two: Subsidiary Diploma (A Level equivalent)
Total of 6 units – three units from Year One plus three units from Year Two. One core unit plus two optional units. These will be chosen through discussion with students.
The course will be suitable for those who have taken GCSE Music as well as those students who play an instrument or sing to a competent level (Grade 4 and above is a suitable comparison). You must be prepared to perform as a soloist and in groups.
Currently, assessment is continual and internal with external unit verification. Academic units are completed through a combination of written assignments, presentations and group projects, such as organising live events and performing across venues in Norfolk.
Minimum 54444 including 5 in Music GCSE or BTEC Level 2.