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BTEC Music Level 3 at Birchwood Community High School

Course description

On successful completion of a BTEC in Music, students can progress into employment and/or continue their study of popular music at appropriate higher education establishments. The natural progression into employment would be as musicians, music teachers, music journalists, working on TV and radio, in the theatre, sound engineering, events management, music marketing, etc. This course would complement other arts subjects, particularly acting, dance and media.

This course is for experienced and talented students who are looking to develop further their all round musicianship. Lessons have a  practical, theoretical and vocational focus and students will be required to take part in a variety of performances throughout the course.

The BTEC course has the flexibility for some units to be selected to suit student needs with each new cohort. The Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to one A level) consists of 6 units and the Diploma (equivalent to 2 A levels) has 12 units over the 2 year course.

For learners who perform at an excellent standard, but who maybe less fluent in reading music, this course enables you to concentrate on your strengths, alongside developing a confidence in the understanding of conventional theory and a real experience of the music industry.

Course content

  • Year 1                 
  • Music performance techniques
  • Solo music performance skills
  • Pop music in practice
  • Aural perception skills
  • The sound and music industry
  • Session styles


  • Year 2
  • Music and society
  • Music Project
  • Working and developing as a musical ensemble
  • Music theory and harmony
  • Arranging music
  • Contemporary songwriting techniques

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are 5 A*-C grades at GCSE, with a minimum GCSE Music grade B or a BTEC Level 2 with at least a merit.  Applicants will also be required to attend an audition.



Assessment is continuous and some of the course will be monitored externally. Evidence for assessment includes portfolio work; research/written assignments, video/observations of practical performances, recordings etc., all graded at Pass, Merit and Distinction. All units are assessed individually; the final grade is an aggregate of the grades achieved in the units.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birchwood Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 29 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years