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Music (Performing) BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3 (Block D) at St John's Catholic Comprehensive School

Course description

Music is a powerful gift that can change our lives in a variety of ways. In listening, performing and composing, music can portray emotions that words cannot, instantly affect our mood, enhance our understanding of the world and grants an opportunity to express ourselves. Music is part of our daily life as well as a key focus within our communities and school.

Music is taught in our well-facilitated department to accommodate all musicians regardless of their specialism. The course offers an excellent opportunity for musicians to perform at Woodville Halls and also in our state of the art Heart-Space, as well as developing song writing skills and an essential knowledge of theory that will lay the foundation for the future. You will also gain an insight into how the music industry works with talks from professionals in this sector.  The course is designed to give you the best opportunity to further their skills at University or undertake one of the many jobs available after the completion of the course.


Course content

You will study and complete four units of work over two years:

Unit 1: Music Performance Brief - In this unit, you will develop the skills needed to respond to a music performance brief and put on a show. In doing this you will most likely work with others and you will choose two specific roles: one from performer/composer/arranger, and one from technician/organiser/administrator. You will explore how the production process works and how the different roles interrelate, before planning and putting on a live music performance.

Unit 4: Music Composition Brief– In this unit, you are introduced to the skills required to apply knowledge of music theory, compositional techniques and music technology to produce a product in response to a given brief.

Unit 5: Professional Practice in the Music Industry - The unit emphasises the importance of continual self-development in a rapidly-changing sector and how essential it is to communicate clearly to give you the best chance when competing for roles in the industry. This unit outlines the qualities that industry professionals expect of people working with them in order to progress, whether to employment or higher education.

Unit 17: Solo Performance - In this unit, you will explore and practise the specific skills associated with performing as a soloist. There are many hours of preparation and practice involved and you will develop the process – that all successful musicians undertake – of creative reflection in order to improve. 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A* - C at GCSE (or equivalent) including either a BTEC Level 2 Qualification in Music (Merit or higher) or GCSE Music (Grade C or higher).


The course is both assessed externally by PEARSON via exam, performance and controlled assessment, and assessed internally by subject teacher.  You will be assessed on your contribution and dedication in rehearsal, as well as on your performances.  You will also be assessed on written work in the form of research and portfolios.


Future opportunities

Students often further their skills at degree level by studying Music or Music Technology. There is also the opportunity to specialise in specific fields such as Music Therapy, Performance, Composition, Technology, or Teaching. There are also a range of apprenticeships available in the Music Industry sector leading to careers in Management, A&R, Artist Representation, Promotion, Marketing, and Media.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your CXK Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John's Catholic Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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