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Music Performance - BTEC Level 3 at Kesgrave High School

Course description

During Music Performance BTEC lessons you will perform in groups and as a soloist. There will be formal performances in front of audiences in the Thomas Theatre and a gig night at a local venue. There will also be workshops and jam sessions during lessons. You will learn to play new styles and new songs.

You will learn how to make your practice time more effective by setting goals and reflecting on the best approaches to achieve these goals. You will organise and take part in a band “Gig” night where you will have to ensure that all aspects of the evening run smoothly. You will also learn how to work in an ensemble.

Course content

Lessons will consist of practical workshops, playing in bands, teacher presentations, planning meetings, discussions, internet based research and solo practice.

There are three units of work, which are all assessed internally via assignments, portfolios, recordings and performances. 

The units are:

1. ‘Music Performance Techniques’

In this Unit, you’ll learn how to rehearse effectively, and use that knowledge to improve your performance technique and perform as a soloist and as a member of a group. Your performances will be marked by your teacher and you will also be assessed by completing a practice diary.

2. ‘Session Styles for Musicians

In this Unit you will learn how to play in 4 different styles of music. You will be assessed by completing a presentation outlining the characteristic of the genres, a practice diary showing your progress in learning the genres and a recording session where you have to play in the different styles.

3. ‘Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble’’

In this Unit you will work independently as part of a band. You’ll be assessed in your ability to perform to a live audience at various venues and be responsible for the bands artistic direction.

Entry requirements

Students will need to pass an audition to access this course.


There are three units of work, which are all assessed internally via assignments, portfolios, recordings and performances.

Students finishing their studies at the end of the first year will gain a ‘BTEC Level 3 Certificate’; the equivalent of an AS level. Students who continue into Year 13 will gain a ‘BTEC Level 3 Diploma’; the equivalent of an A2.

The grading follows the normal BTEC criteria of Pass, Merit and Distinction. There are no written examinations and you will be given opportunities to re-draft and re-submit work at the end of the course.

Board : Edexcel

Future opportunities

The BTEC Level 3 Music Performance course aims to build confidence in perfoming across many different genres of music as well as giving you the experience of running a live music event.  This makes it a great stepping stone onto careers in event or music management and as a session musician for recording studios.

Further information

For more information, contact Mr Woodley.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: MUSIC PERF
  • Web url:
  • Number of planned places: 10