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Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Music and Music Technology at The Creative & Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus

Course description

Why study Music?

Music is everywhere in our society, whether on TV, Film or the Internet. It’s an ever evolving art form that adds colour and interest to everyday life. Without the next generation of young musicians the industry stands still.

The Music Industry is an ever growing sector with traditional music making, technological developments in the recording industry and the impact of music to complement daily life; Young musicians are a key asset to the continued success of this industry.

Music is used as a powerful tool to get social, political and entertainment agendas across in society and you can play your part in its continual development.

Music also provides a unique set of skills, which are acknowledged to be excellent preparation for a range of disciplines, careers and vocations. It combines arts, humanities, maths, science, sociology and technology. It teaches research skills, and guides students in the application of evidence to a range of contemporary situations.

Music is recognised by both educational institutes and employers because of the invaluable skills that it teaches you, such as teamwork, self-discipline, commitment, perseverance and confidence to name a few.

The Subsidiary Diploma is an extension of the Level 3 Certificate, in that it builds on the same range of skills. It does however, through the completion of extra units, allow the student to access and use a broader range of applications and skills.

During this course you will study and perform a wide range of music across a range of styles and genres. You will focus on specific pieces of music, as well as developing a greater understanding of how music is written and performed.

Performing will be assessed on an instrument or vocal performance, focusing on developing how you perform both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble.

Composition involves writing music in a variety of styles, taking influence from the music you study in the course, as well as your own interests. 

The focus of year one will involve equipping students with the skills and confidence to perform, through studying of the development of pop music.

During the second year you will have the opportunity to showcase your musical talents.

This course is designed to provide opportunities for the use of music technology to support both performance and composition and could lead on to a wide range of further education courses in music and the performing arts, or it could simply be about furthering your interests in this area.

Reading music is not essential, although you will develop this skill during year one.



Course content

  • The course consists of the following units of work, totalling 60 credits.

    All units are worth 10 credits each.

    The course consists of the following units of work, totalling 30 credits.


    Units covered will depend on the individual, through discussion with your learning coach, allowing each students pathway to be personalised.



    Mandatory unit:


    • Music Performance Techniques (Unit 23)


    At least one specialist unit:


    • Solo Music Performance Skills (Unit 33)
    • Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble (Unit 40)


    Plus optional units from the following list to add up to 60 credits:


    • Aural Perception Skills (Unit 4)
    • Classical Music in Practice (Unit 6)
    • Composing Music (Unit 7)
    • Improvising Music (Unit 12)
    • Improvising Music in a Jazz Style (Unit 13)
    • Listening Skills for Music Technologists (Unit 14)
    • Marketing and Promotion in the Music Industry (Unit17)
    • Modern Music in Practice (Unit 18)
    • Music in the Community (Unit 21)
    • Music Project (Unit 24)
    • Pop Music in Practice (Unit 30)
    • Solo Music Performance (Unit 33)
    • Musical Theatre Performance (Unit 28)
    • Music from around the world (Unit 36)
    • The Freelance Music World (Unit 38)
    • Working & Developing as a Musical Ensemble (Unit 40)


Entry requirements

Students applying for the Level 3 BTEC in Music should achieve at the very least a Level 4 in English Language, Maths and 3 other GCSE subjects. Students invited for interview will be asked to prepare a performance along with a written task set by the CMSS. This work will be assessed by the subject specialist as part of the interview process and will contribute to the decision of an offer being made.


Students will study real-life, work-based case studies and complete projects and assignments, which contribute to achieving each unit studied. The assessment process is on-going, so it allows the student to analyse and improve their own performance. Typically students will be assessed by completing:  In a variety of ways including:


  • creation of e-portfolios, portfolios, pod-casts, blogs, video diaries, diaries, CD'S and DVD's
  • doing presentations and writing reports or essays,
  • practical assessments,
  • regular band performances,
  • recording and producing bands and mixing to CD etc,
  • uploading work and music  to the internet
  • doing shows in a range of venues in West Yorkshire and the U.K.

Financial information

Financial information
You can get financial support to help you with your chosen College courses if you’re aged 16-19 and fit certain criteria.
Vulnerable Student Bursary
This is a bursary worth up to £1200, depending on your circumstances and benefits. You must be:
  • Under 19 at the start of the academic year you want a bursary for
  • Studying at a School or College, or an unpaid training course
AND at least 1 of the following applies:
  • You’re in, or recently have left, Local Authority case
  • You get Income Support of Universal Credit in your name
  • You’re disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP in your name.
If you’re a parent, you will also need to be living away from your own parents to qualify. You will get the full amount if you have expenses and study full-time on a course of at least 30 weeks.
All applications will be treated with complete confidence.
Discretionary Bursary Fund
The Creative and Media Studio School also has a Discretionary Bursary Fund. The criteria for this fund is set by us.
How can this help me?
This fund is for Students who are facing genuine financial barriers to participating in education. Its aim is to help with essentials and is not a cash payment, but a payment in kind for particular items needed. Typical ways this fund has been used by the Studio School includes
  • Bus passes to and from College, where the distance travelled justifies this
  • Specialist course equipment
  • Costs incurred for placements and business engagement opportunities
  • Transports and fees for course events/trips/university visits
  • Transports and fees for enrichment events offered, or arranged, by the Studio School which could benefit the student’s progression routes
As a Studio School we have a duty to ensure all funds are awarded fairly to students most in need, therefore, all applications cannot be guaranteed. We ask that all students are:
  • Are under 19 years at the start of the year the bursary is needed for
  • Have at least 90 % attendance
  • Are meeting expectations for good behaviour and progress
  • Are in receipt of Free School Meals
Students who received Free School Meals do not automatically receive them at Post 16. Applications to the Local Authority must be made by the parents. We urge parents to make an application for FSM if this was the case at High School OR if your family circumstances have changed recently. To apply for FSM, please contact Kirklees Local Authority on 01484 221928, stating that your child is on roll at the Creative and Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus and you would like to discuss FSM with the relevant department.
How to apply:
Application Forms to the Discretionary Bursary Fund can be collected from Angela Shufflebottom or the main NLC School Admin Office. Please fill in the form, ensuring you:
  • Meet the above eligibility criteria
  • Complete the application form answering all the questions in full – don’t forget to sign it
  • Attach the evidence as indicated on the application form (original evidence is required which will be photocopied and returned to you)
Ask your child to hand in the application form, with evidence, to Angela Shufflebottom at the Studio School main office.


Future opportunities

This course could lead to further academic study in the following areas;

A degree in popular music, music performance, music technology, media, multimedia, music business and other related subjects which are available at many universities, including Huddersfield, Leeds and Leeds College of Music. The Academy of Contemporary Music is also another popular destination for many musicians.

Career pathways include: Musician, Music Journalist, Theatre Manager, Sound Engineer, Public Relations or various other jobs within the industry.

Further information

Contact Studio School: tel 01484 382140, email:






How to apply

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Last updated date: 08 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • The Creative & Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01484382140
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    • Welcome to The Creative and Media Studio School

      Studying at the Creative and Media Studio School is unlike studying at any other high school in the country. Our students are able to learn through a mix of recognised academic and vocational subjects in a unique environment, where businesses and students work side by side. Some will go on to achieve vocational qualifications and get a great job, some will find themselves going to university and some will have the skills to set up their own business.

      Studio Schools have been specially designed to make this happen; this is a school unlike any other in the country. We have businesses and pupils working side by side and our new purpose-built £4.5m building will be one of the best learning facilities in the country, let alone Kirklees.

      The Creative & Media Studio School will not be an easy option, and academic excellence will run throughout our curriculum offer. Year 10/11 students will still follow the national curriculum and will gain the same key qualifications as a traditional school.

      What makes us different is not what is offered but how it is delivered. We are taking learning out of a traditional classroom setting, and teaching the curriculum through real-life enterprise themed projects in the school and the surrounding community.

      The brand new state of the art purpose built facility has been designed with the purpose of linking vocational excellence, academic growth and business and enterprise development. As a condition of this the building will have an array of the latest innovations in technology and design, this will support the academic growth and business imaginations of the next generation.