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National Extended Certificate in Music at The Long Eaton School

Course description



  • Students will have an introduction to the music industry, develop performing skills and a basic knowledge of music theory. They will then be able to choose which areas of their musical development they wish to focus on.


  • This course offers a wide range of choice with regard to units studied which allows pupils to focus on learning and developing areas specific to themselves as musicians.

Course content


Ensemble Performance

This unit is externally assessed and requires students to develop ensemble skills and techniques through rehearsal and performance. Students are given a list of songs to rehearse and perform by the exam board.

Practical Music Theory and Harmony

This unit encourages students to develop their knowledge and understanding of music theory and notation and then apply this to practical scenarios in composition and performance.

Professional Practice in the Music Industry

This unit enables students to develop skills and attributes that are vital to success in any area of the music industry. They will explore the importance of planning and organisation as well as learning about legal and financial aspects of working within the industry.



Music Performance Session Styles

This unit enables students to develop the knowledge and skills required to perform a variety of different styles of music as expected of session musicians.

Composing Music

Students will learn how to create and develop ideas into fully formed compositions.

Music Promotion

This unit develops students’ knowledge of promotional styles and tools and enables them to promote an event of their choice.

Solo Performance

This is similar to the mandatory performance unit, however students focus on performing as a soloist.

Music Software Skills

Students will use sequencing software to manipulate both audio and midi material, applying a range of effects.



Students complete all 3 mandatory units and at least one of the optional unit to gain the qualification.

These mandatory units are assessed externally:

  • Ensemble Music Performance
  • Professional Practice in the Music Industry

All other units are assessed by your teacher.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Long Eaton School directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September