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Music BTEC

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade 6 GCSE Music Distinction in BTEC Level 2 Good standard of instrumental playing/singing is essential.

Who is it for?

This course is for students who love music and wish to take it to a higher level. The emphasis for this course is on practical music making. Therefore, performing skills are of the upmost importance.The course could lead you towards a profession in the Music business or just be a creative outlet in your academic life.

Course Structure

National Extended Certificate in Music Performance Mandatory units:

  • Music Performance Techniques – develop your solo and ensemble performing skills Solo Music Skills – perform live in front of an audience
  • Music Theory and Harmony – developing knowledge and understanding of music theory and harmony and apply their understanding in practical scenarios
  • Professional Practice in the Music Industry – exploring what it is that makes someone professional in the music industry and how to put forward a bid for work.


  • A formal exam unit (Professional Practice in the Music Industry)
  • An externally assessed unit through a written task completed under supervised conditions, followed by visual performance which is evidenced digitally via video recordings
  • Remaining two units are assessed internally, subject to an external verification.

University Pathways

Honour Degrees in:

  • Music
  • Popular Music
  • Music Performance

Apprenticeship Pathways

This course allows you to gain access into apprenticeships in Music Industry, Music Retail and Music Marketing.

Career Opportunities

  • Performer
  • Composer
  • Teacher
  • Retail