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Music BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at The Archbishop's School

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music has the equivalence of one GCE A Level. The programme covers a broad basis of study for the music sector with a focus on performance, personal instrumental technique development, music theory and professional practice. The content of the qualification supports progression to higher education or employment directly in the music sector.


Learners taking this qualification will study three mandatory units:


  • Ensemble Music Performance* (work as part of a musical ensemble and develop skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance)
  • Practical Music Theory and Harmony  (develop knowledge and understanding of music theory and notation and how they can be applied to practical scenarios)
  • Professional Practice in the Music Industry* (explore what it is that makes someone a professional in the music industry).


Learners choose one optional unit to support their choices in progression to music courses in higher education, and to link with relevant occupational areas.

Optional units are:


  • Composing Music (develop skills for composition in a variety of styles)
  • Music Promotion (dealing with methods to reach different audiences that are used by the music industry)
  • Music Performance Session Styles ( explore the styles of music encountered in the role of a modern session musician)
  • Solo Performance (explore the preparation and performance of music as a soloist before performing in front of an audience)
  • Music Software Skills (explore and carry out audio editing, controlling MIDI data and mixing a multi-track recording using music production software)


* These units include tasks that are set and marked by Pearson, that students complete in controlled conditions.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have taken Level 2 BTEC Music. You do need to have enthusiasm for playing an instrument or singing/beatboxing/rapping.


The Extended Certificate uses a combination of assessment styles – both practical and written – that allow students to showcase their learning and skills to best effect when they take their next step, whether that’s supporting applications to higher education courses or to potential employers. The course covers musicianship, composing, rehearsal, repertoire development, music technology and music business awareness, and is taught through practical workshops, theory lessons, tutorials and solo and ensemble rehearsal sessions. BTEC Nationals are assessed using a combination of internal assessments, which are set and marked by your teacher, and external assessments, which are set and marked by Pearson.

Future opportunities

In addition to the music sector-specific content of the course, learners will also gain transferable skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers. These include performance and communication skills, teamwork, critical thinking, self-management and personal vocal/instrumental technique development. The course will support entry to higher education courses in Music and a wide range of other disciplines, as well as employment or self-employment. 

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: 30 January 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September