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Music at Belper School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

BTEC Music is aimed at any student who has an interest, or wishes to further their interest in music making and those who have an interest in music as a possible career. The qualification is a Level 3 Extended Certificate (QCF), is equivalent to one A Level with the same level of UCAS points. The certificate allows students to specialise in either Performance or Technology strands.

Across the two years each pathway studies 6 units. Three that are common across both strands and three that are specific to the students chosen preference.

The common units are –

Unit 39: The Sound and Music Industry – a mandatory unit looking at key elements involved in any form of career in the music industry, focusing particularly roles, contracts, progression routes etc.

Unit 24: (Year 13) Music Project – students work as part of a team and form a business whose aim is to put on a concert. At present the plan is for students to be involved in the committee for the Belper Schools Music Festival – a new venture that we intend to be a bi-annual event in June/July. Students must also perform as part of this event whether as technicians or musicians.

Unit 43: (Year 13) Subject Special Investigation – an extended research project of the students own choosing.

Performance Strand

Three units that cover all aspects of performance including solo performance skills, Music interpretation, composition/song writing and ensemble work.

The unit headings are –

Unit 33: (Year 12) Solo Music Performance

Unit 30: (Year 12) Popular Music in Practice

Unit 23: (Year 13) Music Performance Techniques

Technology Strand

Students study three elements of music technology – Live sound, Studio recording and Sequencing.

The unit headings are –

Unit 25: (Year 12) Music Production Techniques

Unit 29: (Year 12) Live Sound Techniques

Unit 32: (Year 13) Sequencing Systems and Techniques

Work for all of the optional strands is mostly practical and assessment is based on a portfolio of practical tasks and research based work including presentations and documentation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Belper School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 17 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years