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BTEC Extended Certificate in Music Level 3 at LAT16 Wilmington Academy

Course description

This is a course for those wishing to develop their instrumental skills and gain greater experience of music making in a variety of settings.  It offers students a broad introduction to the world of a working musician.  This course is highly practical and vocational, combining musical learning with reflective practice.


Course content

The course is broken down into four different units of study with a specific focus on a music specialism or the music industry.

Learners taking this qualification will study these units:

  • Unit 1: Practical Music Theory and Harmony. Understanding the basics of notation and how it is used to help us understand what we are performing but also how to compose.
  • Unit 2: Professional Practice in the Music. Industry.Understanding why being a music professional is so much more than just playing an instrument, especially in such a vast and varied industry.
  • Unit 3: Ensemble Music Performance. Understanding how to develop your performance, preparation and planning skills but as part of an ensemble.
  • Unit 5: Music Performance Session Styles. Understanding the different musical skills and practical knowledge needed to play in a variety of different styles and genre’s, with very little prior notice.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 9-4 grades in GCSE examinations including English and Maths.


You will be expected to take part in regular concerts, showcases and other school events. Also, you should have a good level of musicianship on an instrument/voice.

Most of the work will be evidenced through videos, observations and written coursework.

Future opportunities

This BTEC Level 3 course in Music is delivered in modules and focuses on developing performance kills, notation skills and industry practice. The vocational context of the qualification is provided through assignment briefs that give learners realistic, work based scenarios and projects in order to prepare them effectively for further training, further education and employment within the music sector. 

The music industry is one of this country’s major employers and opportunities for work in this field extend much further than simply performing. A career in music might focus on educational work, composing and arranging, technology or management and administration.

Complementary Subjects:  Film and Television, Performing Arts

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 12 October 2018
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