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Music Performance - Level 3 BTEC Certificate at Whitefield School

Course description

To develop your own practical performance skills. To develop your understanding of how to rehearse by yourself and with others. To improve your communication skills through band and ensemble work.
To develop your organisation skills through keeping a regular practice diary and arranging rehearsals with other people. To develop your confidence and ability to perform in front of an audience.

Course content

Professional musicians work in a highly competitive environment. They must be able to deliver performances in the recording studio, or in a live venue as a solo performer, or as part of a group, often under great pressure. To be able to work in this environment, musicians rely upon the foundations of well-practiced technique, timing, tone and control and they must also learn ways to continuously improve their musical skills.

This vocational course allows you to develop this range of skills as a musician and performer, and also to understand some of the ways you can get your music ‘out there’. As well as your class teacher, you will also work with an instrumental teacher, allowing you to work intensively on the specific skills and knowledge required for your instrument.

Entry requirements

In order to study Music Performance, students must achieve at least 5 A* to C grades at GCSE level. This should include English Language and Mathematics. It is not essential for you to have studied Music at GCSE or BTEC Level 2. It is desirable if students can play a musical instrument.


This will take the form of written assignments, presentations and assessed performances. Peer assessment, formative assessment and teacher feedback will feature prominently in your lessons. Enrichment trips will be organised to help students embed their understanding of aspects of music performance looked at during lessons. Students follow the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Music syllabus.

Future opportunities

You could study for a degree in Music and specialise in performance. You could also join an orchestra or band to gain experience in performing with others.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

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