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Music BTEC Level 3 at Withernsea High School Specialising In Humanities

Course description

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (composing): this course enables students to develop their composing, recording, editing and arranging skills. It is designed to prepare students for degree standard study, and an ideal pathway into the music industry (it is focused on industry specific skills).

Course content

Year 12 (Lower Sixth) and Year 13 (Upper Sixth) Lessons

Unit 20: Music and Sound for the Moving Image.

Assignment 1: The Components of a Moving Image

Assignment 2: Putting Music to the Picture

Assignment 3: Designing Sound

Assignment 4: Delivering Your Work to the Client

Unit 3: Arranging Music

Assignment 1: Exploring arranging techniques

Assignment 2: Arranging for Different groups, resources and genres (portfolio)

Assignment 3: Notating - Making the Score

Unit 32: Sequencing systems and techniques

Assignment 1: Making the Computer and MIDI hardware systems work effectively

Assignment 2: Applying MIDI sequencing skills

Assignment 3: Applying Audio sequencing skills

Assignment 4: Understanding and using sequencing terminology

Unit 7: Composing Music

Assignment 1: Creating a range of contrasting ideas.

Assignment 2: Explaining a range of composing techniques and development processes.

Assignment 3: Making and presenting a range of compositions in a variety of styles/genres to form a portfolio.

Unit 34: Contemporary song-writing techniques

Assignment 1: Analysing examples of song writing, and producing lyrics from a range of starting points

Assignment 2: Compose effectively structured music for song lyrics.

Assignment 3: Present a portfolio of original songs in a variety of genres.

Unit 41: Working with Music Notation Packages

Assignment 1: Explaining the development of musical scores in a range of historical contexts.

Assignment 2: Creating a musical score for Orchestra using Sibelius software.

Assignment 3: Editing the score within Sibelius software for accuracy and specific performance details.

Assignment 4: Realising the score by using MIDI controllers within Music Creator.


All units are assessed internally and verified by external moderation.

Future opportunities

Students can study further at University where various courses in Music and Music Technology are available. Some students may also opt to combine Music with another subject, such as Business Management which would be ideal for someone looking at running their own venue.  Further study of Music Technology would also prepare learners for work in the world of music production and live performance.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Withernsea High School Specialising In Humanities directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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