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Music at Brighouse High School

Course description

This two year course has a significant amount of internal assessment and is therefore ideal for students who prefer coursework assessment. The grading is Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.  The course is ideally suited to students interested in music performance, composition, developing their professional skills and aspiring to gain a comprehensive understanding of the modern music industry. Students must have a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of their own instrument.

Many believe that the only career open to them in Music would be to become a Music teacher or to win the X Factor!  In actual fact the Creative Industries in the UK employ over 1,000,000 people; that means 1 in 60 of us works in Music, Visual or Creative Arts.

You will develop knowledge and practical skills in live performance techniques, song writing, software and sequencing and gain a detailed understanding of the music business.  This qualification is suitable for anyone considering a career in the music industry; many choose to progress on to music/music technology/industry degrees, whilst others may choose to seek employment in the industry.

Job roles in this sector include artist, composer/songwriter, session musician and record company personnel. Students may also go on to study acoustics, computing and media courses at university and pursue careers in music performance and promotion, composing for digital media, song writing, audio production, music video production, sound design, music industry management and music publishing.

Course content

The course offers an in-depth programme that will develop students’ knowledge both theoretically and contextually, through a variety of assignments and ‘hands-on’ practical work.


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 2: 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.

This unit is designed to prepare you for progression to employment in the sector and towards higher education.

Unit 3: Professional Practice in the Music

In this unit, you will gain an understanding of what is meant by the term ‘professional practice’ as well as what it means to be a freelancer working in the music industry. 

You will understand the professional skills that are important in the industry, and leant the importance of financial management, effective interpersonal skills and working with others.

Students will also choose one optional unit in consultation with their teacher; options include Music Promotion and Music Ensemble Skills.


Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C grades including English language.

GCSE or BTEC Level 2 Music is desirable, an audition may be held if this is not offered.

A grade B/Merit is preferable in GCSE/BTEC Music if studied.

Ideally candidates should have instrumental or vocal experience of around Grade 4 or above and would ideally have some knowledge of music theory.



50% internally assessed through coursework

50% externally assessed through controlled assessment

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brighouse High School directly.

Last updated date: 08 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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