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Music at Outwood Grange Academy

Course description

The UK music industry helps drive economic growth by creating jobs and opportunities for young people.  The 2015 UK music survey 'Measuring Music' identified that the music industry supported more than 117,000 full-time jobs in the UK, of which 69,300 were professional musicians.  The music industry contributed £4.1 billion to the UK economy, outpacing the overall growth of the economy by 2.5 per cent.  In 2016, live music alone created £3.7 billion in direct and indirect income for the UK.

Course content

What will I learn at BTEC Level 3?

Everyone taking this qualification will study three mandatory units, which provide an essential introduction to the skills and knowledge required to be successful in music, covering the following topics:

Ensemble performance techniques

Professional practice in the music industry

Creating a music product

Entry requirements

You should have studied GCSE Music and achieved a grade C or above.  Having some knowledge of music theory would be extremely helpful although this is not essential.


How will I be assessed at BTEC Level 3?

Students choose one option unit.  The option units have been designed to support progression to more specialist music courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas such as composition, business, technology and performance.  This allows students to choose a specific specialist area in which they wish to develop their skills.

Listening, Appraising and Performing will be sued as part of the assessment alongside the investigation of music practitioners and practices.

The requirements of the qualification will mean that students develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by higher education and employers.  For example, performance techniques, communication skills, team working, and an opportunity to focus on their personal vocal/instrumental technique.  This qualification has a strong focus on performance, one of the key skills for progression to higher education.

As this specification has yet to be approved exact details of assessments are not available at this time.

This is a 2 year course.  You will not gain any qualification if you leave this course after one year.

Future opportunities

Music works particularly well with other Performing Arts or Arts subjects, but it also provides students studying sciences with a contrasting, creative option to their other studies.  Possible career options involving music could include teaching, music therapist, session musician, freelance work, composer or related media roles.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

Creativity, adaptability, communication, literacy, characterisation, performance skills, academic writing, confidence, choreography, practitioner approaches and technique.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 30