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Music BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at William Howard School

Course description

Why you should follow this course

  • You may have completed the Level 2 Music BTEC course or GCSE, or simply have a keen interest in music
  • You may want to go on to college or university to follow one of the many practical of technical courses available
  • To understand more about the nuts and bolts of music and the music industry
  • Enhance your playing


What topics/aspects will you cover during the course?

The course covers a broad basis of study for the music sector with a focus on performance, personal instrumental technique development, music theory and professional practice.


(Qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level)



Course content

In this two year course, you will apply learning through a range of practical assessments.

TWO assignments are set and marked in school in the following areas:

Mandatory unit – Music Performance (planning and putting on a live music performance)

Then choose ONE from the following:

    • Music Promotion

    • Solo Performance

    • Music Ensembles

    • Music Software Skills (recording and editing)

    • Arranging Music

    • Composing Music


TWO tasks are set and marked externally in the following areas:

Composition (task based on an industry themed composition brief)

Professional Practice in the Music Industry (looks at the qualities that music industry professionals expect of people working with them assessed through the completion of an industry specific scenario task)


There is also the possibility of adding a further two internally assessed units to this course in order to convert to the larger Foundation Diploma in Music (equivalent to 1.5 A Levels)

Future opportunities

This course provides a firm foundation for the many and varied college and university courses in Music. It shows you have the talent, interest and commitment to study Music in both academic and practical ways.

A professional in Music can work in many areas; playing, composing, teaching, theatre, recording, sound engineers, television/media to name a few.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 November 2016
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