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Music BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate at Congleton High School

Course description

We are offering students the opportunity to take an entirely practical based music course. If you enjoy performing and wish to develop your skills further, this is the best course for you.

This will be a fabulous course for the student who enjoys performing.

Of course, the principal skills of musicianship are the main focus. Musical performance, creative ability and analytical skills are developed through listening and historical research. Your skills in music -technology applications will also improve (use of recording equipment, sequencing software packages). The course of study will also improve your communication skills in a general way.


Course content

There are three Core units over the two-year course. These include Music Performance Brief, Music Composition Brief and Professional Practice in the Music Industry. In addition you will complete one optional unit. This is likely to be Solo Performance, as we want the course to remain as practical as possible.

The main performance activities throughout the course will require you to complete solo or ensemble performances. These will need to be in a variety of styles but you will have some choice within the repertoire.

Entry requirements

Ideally, you will have completed the GCSE Music Course and would have achieved a Grade C or above. This, however, is desirable rather than essential. It is essential that you play a musical instrument to a competent standard.


Throughout the course you will be expected to provide detailed evidence of your work. This will be through recorded performances and written work. You will need to perform to a variety of audiences from informal situations, to primary school students to more formal recitals. There are also three externally assessed units. These will be completed in supervised conditions in May/June 2017.

Future opportunities

For any careers centred on musical performance or composition, BTEC Music is very useful. Students may go on to read music at University and Musical Conservatoires, or to embark on a joint-honours course in order to keep their options deliberately wide. For work in Broadcasting, Media and especially Primary School Teaching, the study of Music has a special value.

Further information

This course can be taken in conjunction with other vocational or academic courses at Congleton High School Sixth Form or The C ongleton College. Typically, students combine the subject with other Performing Arts, Media and Fine Arts courses. The subject also has a naturally affinity with the study of Language, both our native language and, increasingly, with Modern Foreign Languages.

For some students, BTEC Music offers a complete contrast to their other subject choices (e.g. For those who are studying Science and Maths courses).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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